Parliament Winter Session Highlights December 16: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned amid uproar by opposition over Lakhimpur Kheri incident

The government is set to table the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage today.

The government is also set to table the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage today.

Parliament Winter Session 2021 Highlights: Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day on Thursday amid continuous protests by opposition members led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi demanding sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra from the government in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Gandhi, who had a question on MSME sector listed on Thursday, dubbed Mishra as a “criminal” and demanded his ouster when Speaker Om Birla called his name during the Question Hour. The Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business on Thursday as opposition members forced adjournments in the house over the issue of suspension of 12 MPs. The house saw an adjournment till 2 pm within minutes of the start of the day’s proceedings. It was later adjourned for the day shortly after 2 pm amid opposition protests and sloganeering in the well of the house. Soon after the house met for the day, opposition members were on their feet demanding revocation of the suspension of their colleagues.

The Congress had also given notices under rule 267 for discussing the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report on Lakhimpur violence that left eight people, including four farmers, dead. Soon after the laying of papers, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged the protesting members to return to their seats, but they carried on with their protests relentlessly. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge also sought to speak but he chairman did not allow him. Amid continued protests, the chair adjourned the house till 2 pm within minutes of the day.

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