Uproar in Rajya Sabha Over Farm Bills

The government has decided to move a motion for the suspension of opposition members of Parliament who created ruckus over two bills.

Jessica David

September 21, 2020

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Two agriculture Bills of the Modi government were passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote on Sunday (September 20) amid unprecedented uproar and protests. After major chaos was created in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday after two crucial farm Bills were passed, the government has decided to move a motion on Monday (September 21) for the suspension of opposition members of Parliament who created the ruckus, said sources. Amid uproar by sections, Rajya Sabha passed two Bills that seek to replace two recent ordinances at facilitating barrier-free inter-state trading of farm goods and contract farming, respectively.

Since the Lok Sabha had passed the Bills last Thursday (September 17), only President’s assent is now required for these to become law. The passage of the Bills in Lok Sabha led to the unexpected resignation of Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal from the Narendra Modi Cabinet while the Rajya Sabha also witnessed some unprecedented scenes. This was after deputy chairman Harivansh declared that the motions moved by the Congress, TMC, DMK and CPI (M) for sending the Bills to a select committee of the Upper House, were negated by voice vote. He did not allow divisions of votes either as sought by the movers of the motions.

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