Congress, opposition parties boycott Lok Sabha proceedings, seeks withdrawal of farm bills

DN Bureau

Congress and some other opposition parties on Tuesday boycotted the proceedings of Lok Sabha, hours after they boycotted the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha, over the government "not agreeing" to opposition suggestions on the agriculture bills.

Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha


New Delhi: Congress and some other opposition parties on Tuesday boycotted the proceedings of Lok Sabha, hours after they boycotted the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha, over the government "not agreeing" to opposition suggestions on the agriculture bills.

Soon after the House met after an adjournment, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue and said the government should take back the agriculture bills which have been passed by the two Houses. He said the bills have not been signed by the President and the government can take them back.Chowdhury said Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are "twin brothers" and referred to the proceedings in the upper House but Speaker Om Birla said that these will not go on record.

"Our issue is related to the farm bills, we want it to be taken back. At least MSP should have been included (in the bills). Punjab is burning," Chowdhury said.

He said former union minister Sharad Pawar was also observing fast.

Chowdhury said if Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar "agrees to take the bills back, we have no problem with continuing".

He said they were "with opposition parties' boycott" and were "boycotting" the proceedings of Lok Sabha. Members of Congress, DMK, Trinamool Congress and National Conference were among those who walked out of the House. Union Parliament Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that it is unfortunate that the proceedings of the upper House were sought to be discussed in the House.

"Whatever happens in other House, it has never been discussed in another House. It is unfortunate that this thing is being discussed now," he said.









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