NEW DELHI: After a virtual washout for two weeks since the start of the monsoon session on July 18, both houses of parliament are set to resume business next week with a debate on price hikes, one of the main demands of the opposition, sources said. The Lok Sabha will likely have the debate when the House meets on Monday, followed by the Rajya Sabha.
Opposition leaders demonstrated inside and outside the House for a discussion of rising prices, the GST on basic necessities and other issues. The unrest has also pushed opposition parties to close ranks even after the divisive notes seen in the presidential elections.
The protests also saw 23 members of Rajya Sabha and four of Lok Sabha suspended for “unruly behaviour”. The suspended deputies had even started a 50-hour relay dharna on Wednesday in the premises of Parliament.
If the Lok Sabha resumes the price hike debate on Monday, followed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the opposition will ‘finally be able to pull together after agitating for 37 days to escalate the issues in the House’, according to TMC. Derek O’Brien.
Chambers remained paralyzed on Thursday and Friday over Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’rashtrapatni‘ reference to President Draupadi Murmu following the Lok Sabha House showdown between Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Opposition parties staunchly backed Sonia when she was targeted by BJP members.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Rajya Sabha leader Piyush Goyal previously said the government was ready for a debate once Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was recovering from Covid, returned to work.
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