Lok Sabha Adjourned Till 22 July; Cong Slams Govt on COVID in Rajya Sabha
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The proceedings in the Lok Sabha have been adjourned for the day amid disruptions by members of the Opposition, and will now resume on Thursday, 22 July.
Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha resumed after the session was disrupted and adjourned earlier in the day due to uproar by Opposition members.
With COVID-19 on the agenda for discussion, the Congress slammed the Centre in the Upper House for flouting norms during election rallies and demanded accountability.
Ahead of the beginning of the session, PM Modi had said there should be meaningful discussions about the pandemic "that has gripped the entire world"
The Monsoon session comes amid reports that Israel-made spyware Pegasus is believed to have been used to snoop on at least 300 Indian phone numbers
The Pegasus spyware row is expected to rock the Monsoon Session of the Parliament
Both the Houses – the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – will meet daily from 11 am to 6 pm on all days
The session is likely to conclude on 13 August, with around 19 sittings scheduled during this time
At least 23 bills have been listed by the Centre to be tabled in the Lok Sabha during the upcoming session
Kharge Pays Tribute to COVID Warriors, Slams Govt
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge paid tributes to COVID-19 warriors as the House resumed to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I pay tribute to COVID warriors including doctors and paramedics. I salute the people who helped others by running 'oxygen langer' in Delhi during the second wave of COVID-19. I also want to salute plasma donors, who came out in support," he said.
He further slammed the Centre for flouting rules during election rallies and announcing an overnight lockdown that affected livelihoods.
"The government asked people to wear masks and maintain social distancing. But what were they doing? During elections in different states, they broke their own rules. They should be given credit for flouting COVID norms," he said.
Shiv Sena Demands JPC Probe in Pegasus Row
Shiv Sena MPs Vinayak Raut, Gajanan Kirtikar, Arvind Sawant, Sadashiv Lokhande, Krupal Tumane, Dhairyasheel Mane and Balu Dhanorkar submitted a memorandum to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, seeking a probe in the 'Pegasus Project' media reports by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Congress MP Travels to Parliament on a Bicycle
Congress MP DK Suresh travelled to the Parliament on a bicycle to protest against fuel price hike.
"I am travelling via bicycle because petrol price is too much. It's difficult for common man to survive with 15-20% inflation," he told ANI.
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