India: Opposition parties protest in parliament, stage walkout over inflation and suspension of 12 MPs

Parliament of India. [File Photo]

New Delhi: Several Opposition political parties of India, including the Congress, TMC, NCP, and RJD, staged a walkout in the Rajya Sabha and protested over the issue of inflation as well as the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha Members on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha proceedings began with the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 being passed.

Health Minister of India Mansukh Mandaviya will introduce The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the lower house today.

The Dam Safety Bill, which has been on the agenda since Monday, will be taken up for consideration and passing in the Rajya Sabha.

Addressing the COVID situation and concerns around the new Omicron variant in Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the new variant is a “setback” as the government was working towards slowly increasing the number of flights.

On Monday, twelve Opposition members of the Rajya Sabha were suspended for the entire winter session for “unprecedented acts of misconduct”, “unruly and violent behavior” and “intentional attacks on armed personnel” on August 11, the last day of the previous monsoon session.

Following the decision, the Opposition was mulling several options including boycotting the entire winter session of Parliament.

This is the first time members of the Rajya Sabha have been suspended for “misconduct” during the previous session. Opposition parties described the move as “authoritarian”, “unwarranted” and “undemocratic”.


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