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Parliament proceedings | India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia


Rajya Sabha is continuing discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address on Thursday. The House is expected to vote on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 as well. On Wednesday, the Upper House allotted an additional five hours for discussion on farmers’ protests and other relevant issues.

Here are the latest updates:

Rajya Sabha | 10.30 am

Digvijay Singh (Congress, Madhya Pradesh) speaks on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

“I am opposing President’s address because he did not mention the facts anywhere,” says Mr. Singh.

 

He says that the gap between Modi government’s promises and implementation of those promises are huge.

He also speaks about how the lockdown was announced strategically to form government in Madhya Pradesh.

“In Singapore, they gave 8 days notice before lockdown. But in a country as vast as India, just 4 hours? PM Modi misused the federal structure in this decision,” he says, going on to speaking about the effect of lockdown on migrant workers, including pregnant women and children who had to walk for kilometres to get home.

Rajya Sabha | 9.50 am

Jyotiraditya Scindia continues to speak on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

After mentioning the schemes the central government has set aside for farmers, Mr. Scindia speaks on the events that occured on Republic Day. He says that the members of the House insulted the country by their conduct during President’s Address. He compares the call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat to that of Swaraj from British rule.

Parliament proceedings | India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia

 

PM Modi has realised Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s call for ‘Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat, Kashmiriyat’ in Kashmir, he says.

Lighter moment in the House as Congress leader Digvijay Singh is called next to speak on the issue. Chairman Naidu says that was the order he was handed, and he didn’t switch it up on purpose, as House laughs. Mr. Singh laughs as well, and says Mr. Scindia spoke as well as he used to speak when he was Congress even now, and Mr. Scindia replies, thanks to your blessings. “You had my blessing before, you have now, and you’ll have it forever, regardless of which party you were in, are in now, and will be in future,” says Mr. Singh, smiling.

Rajya Sabha | 9.50 am

India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia (BJP, Madhya Pradesh) speaks on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

Parliament proceedings | India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia

 

Mr. Scindia says 2020 was a challenging year for the whole world. But after a year, looking at the falling COVID-19 cases there is a new sense of energy. India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, he says. He adds that India’s recovery rate from COVID-19 is high compared to the rest of the world.

He goes on to praise PM Modi and government for their timely action that contributed to this, and cites the example of emergency to counter allegations that the lockdown was not implemented in an intelligent manner.

“The country followed the lockdown [during coronavirus pandemic] on the request of one person. There was another lockdown in 1975 when the whole country was converted into a jail. This is something I used to stay standing there also,” he says, pointing towards Opposition Benches.

Rajya Sabha | 9.40 am

A.P. govt should consider demands of Amravati farmers, says Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar

Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar (TDP, Andhra Pradesh) speaks on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

Parliament proceedings | India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia

 

Mr. Kumar says the government should be magnanimous in considering the farmers demands.

He says Andhra Pradesh government should consider the demands of the Amravati farmers who have been protesting for 415 days.

Rajya Sabha | 9.25 am

Need an integrated approach for whole eastern region of India: Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta (nominated from West Bengal) speaks on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

Parliament proceedings | India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia

 

Mr. Dasgupta says when civil servants from East India Company used to be sent from Britain to India they were given instructions, and one thing they were told was that for everything that is true about India, the opposite is also true.

The top 2 lakh farmers of Punjab and Haryana have incomes in the top 8% in the country, but this is not a situation that prevails in the whole country, he says.

“Most farmers undertake subsistence farming. They need other occupation to survive,” he adds.

He addresses Prakash Acharya’s request in February 3 session of Rajya Sabha on declaring Odisha as a special zone because it is very affected by natural disasters frequently. Mr. Dasgupta suggests that the entire east zone of India be declared as a special zone because States in that area are vulnerable to cyclones and hurricanes.

“We need an integrated approach to whole eastern region of India, he says.

Rajya Sabha | 9.10 am

Our democracy is strong, it will not be weakened by anyone’s tweet: Jha

RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha, hailing from Bihar, speaks on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.

We should learn from history, says Mr. Jha. Soon as protests started, the media starts talking of the “Pakistani angle and Khalistani angle” with regard to farmers’ protest, he says. This is not right, he adds.

Parliament proceedings | India has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of coronavirus, says Scindia

 

Citing a portion of the President’s Address on the importance of democracy, he says that whatever we have seen recently has been against the Constitution.

Our democracy is strong, it will not be weakened by anyone’s tweet, he says, addressing government’s response to tweets by Rihanna and Greta Thunberg on farmers’ protests.

A country is made of relationships, you have ended so many relationships, he says.

He goes on to recite a short poem on nationalism and revolutionary spirit.

Rajya Sabha | 9 am

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin.

MP Jairam Ramesh requests that more members be allowed in the Rajya Sabha hall to create an atmosphere of debate. Currently, members are spread across Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha halls in adherence of COVID-19 protocol. Chairman Naidu says they will discuss the issue later.

Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 introduced.

Discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address resumes.

Agenda

Lok Sabha

Bill for Introduction

  • Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address

Highlights of the President’s Address 2021

Rajya Sabha

Bill for Introduction

  • Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address

Highlights of the President’s Address 2021



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