Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge today said that the government was not prepared to handle the COVID-19 and the lack of foresight resulted in people losing their jobs and economic slowdown. Kharge also said that the government should take care of migrant workers if it wants to impose lockdown. Kharge was speaking during the discussion on COVID-19 in the upper house. The second day of the monsoon session of Parliament also witnessed a stormy start with opposition MPs raising various issues including inflation, farm laws and Pegasus snooping row. Earlier, the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were adjourned till 1 pm and 2pm respectively. The Opposition has been demanding a thorough investigation and sacking of Home Minister Amit Shah, while the government maintained it had nothing to do with it. Though IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has made a statement in the Lok Sabha over the issue, the same has failed to placate the opposition benches. Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray has already given a notice in the Rajya Sabha under Rule 267 to discuss the Pegasus ‘snooping’ issue.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday also lashed out at the opposition Congress and international organisations for suggesting that the government was involved in surveillance of phones of politicians, journalists and others, saying it was a “report by disrupters for obstructers” who want to derail India’s development trajectory with their conspiracies. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet floor leaders of various political parties today in another attempt to ensure the smooth functioning of the house. The government has listed 17 new bills for introduction in the session. Three of the bills seek to replace ordinances issued recently.