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The fuel price war paralyzes Parliament | India News

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NEW DELHI: Both Houses of Parliament failed to function Tuesday with Lok Sabha Congressional Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claiming “digital discrimination” against the opposition in the Lower House, saying their protests were being “muted”.
President Om Birla responded harshly, asking the congressional leader if he wanted to show the public scenes of rebel protests and persistent disruption by opposition MPs. Chowdhury, however, persisted with his accusations, demanding that the “blackout” be stopped and said that Parliament belonged not only to the government, but also to opposition parties.
The protests, which have included the waving of banners and the shouting of slogans, have not been shown on television by order of successive speakers, including those that occurred when the UPA was in office.
Chowdhury said: “There is digital discrimination. Everything the government says and does is on television. Everyone is interested in the Chamber. Whatever we do, we will crash. The blackout should stop. The camera should focus on everyone. ”

By the way, congressional MPs were in the well at the time, demanding a pushback in fuel and LPG prices, as well as a discussion on the issue. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi, backing the president’s comments, said the opposition wanted the country to see Parliament in disarray.
Vociferous protests by opposition parties against rising fuel prices also led to repeated postponements by Rajya Sabha, who consequently failed to carry out major transactions.
Congress, BSP, DMK, Shiv Sena and the Left parties demanded the suspension of regular business activities for a discussion on the record prices of gasoline and diesel as soon as the proceedings began in the upper house at 11 a.m.
Since President M Venkaiah Naidu has already rejected the notice presented by opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Vice President Harivansh said the ruling cannot be “reopened” according to the rules.
But the opposition members shouting slogans persisted in their demand, and some of them even flocked to the well, leading to the first postponement until noon. The House was then postponed until 2 pm amid continued uproar.
After lunch, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stressed the need to take on the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill 2021, which has already been approved by Lok Sabha and seeks to replace an ordinance.
However, Congressman Anand Sharma said that according to tradition, no government bill should be accepted when the opposition demands a discussion on an important issue.
“The opposition has the right to address the issue,” he said. As the opposition showed no signs of giving in, the vice president adjourned the House session for the day.

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