Pegasus snooping row washes out monsoon session of the Parliament

Pegasus snooping row washes out monsoon session of the Parliament

New Delhi: Pegasus snooping spyware row has washed out the entire proceedings of the monsoon session of the Parliament. 

Before adjourning the session for a sine die, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the House has functioned for 74 hours and 46 minutes.

The total productivity was 22 percent and a total of 20 Bills were passed, including the OBC Bill, which was passed with the unanimous consent of all parties, he read out before adjourning house for sine die. 

“I am hurt by the fact that the proceedings of the House did not take place as per expectations in this Session. I always make an effort to see that maximum Business takes place in the House & discussions are held over issues related to the public.” Birla said. 

However, Rajya Sabha proceedings has adjourned to the afternoon. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expressed his displeasure about the ruckus in the House on Tuesday. 

Opposition leaders from various parties, including the Congress, the DMK, and the Trinamool Congress, held a meeting to evolve a strategy on the Pegasus snooping row and other issues.

About 14 opposition parties have attended the meeting held in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge. AICC leader Rahul Gandhi also attended the meeting. 

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Floor leaders of the Samajwadi Party, the Shiv Sena, the National Conference, the NCP, CPM, RJD, CPI, IUML, RSP, VCK, and the LJP have attended the meeting. 

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu given an emotional speech said that he was hurt by the behaviour of the members in the House. 

The Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021, will be tabled in Rajya Sabha after it gets approved in the Lower House. The Bill restores the states’ powers to make their own OBC lists by identifying and notifying socially and economically backward classes (SEBCs) for the grant of quota in jobs and admission. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move that Bill further to amend the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972.

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