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Sunday, 11 April 2021 4.54 AM IST

Centre, opposition agree to discuss farm laws in Parliament

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NEW DELHI: The Centre and the opposition parties have agreed to conduct a discussion on the farm laws in Parliament. The discussion will take place for 15 hours in the Rajya Sabha, after the Motion of Thanks on Friday. "Government and opposition parties in Rajya Sabha reach a consensus to allocate more time to discuss Motion of Thanks and parties can raise their issues on farmers' protests during the discussion," Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said, reported news agency ANI.

Amid fresh impetus to the farmer protests in the recent week, the government had asserted in Lok Sabha that it was ready to discuss issues related to farmers both inside and outside Parliament amid vociferous protests by the opposition which forced repeated adjournments of both the Houses.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday without transacting substantial business as the Congress and other opposition members created an uproar demanding discussion on the issue of farmers' protest over the three new farm laws.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Lok Sabha after the first adjournment that the Modi government is always committed to discuss the farmer issues. "Government is ready to discuss issues related to farmers inside and outside Parliament," he said amid sloganeering by opposition members.

Tomar's reply came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that 170 farmers have died during the ongoing agitation against the three contentious farm laws. "Atrocities are being committed to farmers. The situation is similar to British rule," Chowdhury alleged.

Rajya Sabha was first adjourned for about 40 minutes till 10:30 am, then till 11:30 am and then to 12:30 pm.

After the president's address to both Houses of Parliament on Friday and presentation of the Union Budget on Monday, Tuesday was the first regular sitting of Parliament. When the Upper House re-assembled at 12:30 pm, protesting members again trooped into the Well raising slogans, forcing Deputy Chairman Harivansh to adjourn proceedings for the day.

In Lok Sabha, opposition members mainly from the Congress, DMK and the Trinamool Congress rushed to the Well of the House demanding repeal of the three "black" laws. Members of the Shiv Sena were seen raising slogans from the aisles. Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal was also seen holding a poster demanding repeal of the contentious agriculture legislations.

Speaker Om Birla urged the members to return to their seats and follow the COVID-19 protocol. He said that in the ongoing Question Hour, questions related to farmers were listed and members can raise their issues at that time. He also said during the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the president's address, members can raise these issues. But opposition members refused to relent.

The lower house was adjourned due to disruptions at around 4.10 pm, 5.00 pm and for the day a little after 7.00 pm.

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