Delhi 10.08.2023Both Houses of Parliament witnessed disruptions as proceedings resumed on Thursday morning, leading to brief adjournments. While the Lok Sabha was adjourned due to loud protests by the Opposition till 12 noon, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar adjourned the Rajya Sabha till 2 p.m. following a heated exchange between the Opposition and the ruling party over the rule under which discussion of violence in Manipur should be taken up.

The Lok Sabha resumed it debate on the no-trust motion at 12 p.m. Several speakers from both sides squared off, including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who started the debate, and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reply to the debate at 4 p.m. The PM’s speech will be followed by voting, the outcome of which is already known with the numbers comfortably stacked in favour of the government.

In the post-lunch session, amid intense Opposition protests, the Rajya Sabha quickly introduced the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and terms of office) Bill, 2023, and the Post Office Bill, 2023. It also passed the Pharmacy Amendment Bill, 2023, before adjourning for the day as sloganeering continued.

On Wednesday, newly re-instated MP Rahul Gandhi slammed the Centre saying, “You have murdered India in Manipur”. His fiery speech was countered by Union Minister Smriti Irani who said, “You are not India”. Later, on Home Minister Amit Shah’s request, the Lok Sabha also passed a resolution appealing for peace in Manipur before the Lower House was adjourned for the day. In the Rajya Sabha, the government passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023; the Anusandhan National Research Foundation Bill, 2023; Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023; and the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2023, in the absence of the Opposition.

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