The ten Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh falling vacant include three of BJP, four of Samajwadi party, two of Bahujan Samaj Party and one of the Congress.
Speaking during a debate on the Bill, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the legislation was not against any NGO and is an effort to maintain transparency.
The Opposition parties, boycotting the Rajya Sabha session, are, in the meantime, meeting President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day over the contentious farm bills.
The Parliament's Monsoon Session began on September 14, under the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and was supposed to run till October 1. However, it is likely to be cut short much earlier, on September 23.
Today was the tenth day of the 18-day Monsoon Session of Parliament that began on September 14, under the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The government has said the MPs had almost assaulted Harivansh during their protests. The MPs have alleged that the farm bills were passed without following due process.
An hour before the scheduled time to begin the session, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh brought tea for the protesting MPs on Tuesday morning
The Upper House witnessed unruly scenes on Sunday evening after Opposition members alleged that the due process of allowing a detailed discussion on the farm bills was not followed in the House.
Twelve Opposition parties have also given a notice for a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha deputy speaker Harivansh over the manner in which two farm bills were passed in Rajya Sabha without allegedly following the due process.
The row over the passage of two farm bills seems set to escalate. 12 Opposition parties filed a motion of no-confidence over the conduct of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh
The CM questioned the rationale behind putting the “controversial and vicious” Bills, which, he said, was a “blatant encroachment” of the state's powers and control of the agriculture sector, to voice vote, despite strong reservations by the Opposition and inadequate numbers in the House.
Before passing the two contentious farm bills, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for a brief period earlier in the day after heated exchanges between sides supporting and opposing the bills.
There was uproar in the Rajya Sabha after YSRCP MP V Vijaysai Reddy, while speaking in support of the farm bill, accused the Congress of "hypocrisy" saying the bill contained promises made by the Grand Old Party in its Lok Sabha poll manifesto.
This is the first time that the former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) party leader HD Deve Gowda has become a member of the Rajya Sabha 1996.
Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Prahlad Patel were among may politicians who contracted COVID-19 after attending the monsoon session of the Parliament.
The Supreme Court on September 1 allowed telecom companies to pay their balance AGR dues over the next 10 years
The Ministry of Home Affairs' written reply shared on September 16 informed that in a period of three years., from 2016 to 2018, more than 3,000 UAPA cases were registered by security agencies. However, chargesheets were filed within the stipulated period of 180 days in only 821 cases.
Speaking on behalf of the Congress party, Jairam Ramesh pushed for a minimum of four hours to debate India’s COVID-19 crisis management and urged Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to not club the coronavirus debate with clarifications on Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan’s statement on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered 17 cases related to the presence of IS in the southern states of Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and arrested 122 accused.
On the other hand, MHA said that there have been 47 attempted infiltration along Indo-Pakistan border since February 2020.
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey further told the Rajya Sabha that nearly 40 lakh Indians have been kept under the Centre’s surveillance as part of its contact-tracing efforts to track down the source of COVID-19 infections and minimise the spread of the disease
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also congratulated Harivansh
According to a Lok Sabha bulletin, the lower house will also take up discussion and voting on the First Batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for the year 2020-21.
The election will be held on Sept 14. Though Jha enjoys the support of 12 Opposition parties, they have only 91 members. NDA’s Harivansh has the support of 116. For a victory, 123 votes are required. Both candidates are from Bihar.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat has been making necessary arrangements for holding the session while ensuring social distancing norms.