Congress, allies to oppose 4 Bills

Want debate on LAC standoff, Covid, NEP & economic downslide

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 13

The 18-day monsoon session, which begins on Monday, is set to be stormy one with the Congress-led Opposition today seeking a debate on the Chinese transgression in Ladakh at the very first meeting of the Business Advisory Committees (BACs) of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Rahul, Sonia to skip session for few days

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, who are in the US in connection with the former’s routine medical review, will not attend the monsoon session for initial few days. Rahul is learnt to have informed LS Speaker Om Birla about his absence. TNS

“Leaders will meet again on Tuesday and, depending on the sensitivity of the issue and strategic points, the government will take a decision and brief the leaders accordingly,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said. The Congress has demanded debates on the Chinese aggression, economic decline, Covid “mismanagement” and the National Education Policy.

Jairam Ramesh, Congress Chief Whip

‘Audit PM cares’

We will oppose exempting PM CARES from the tax net. It must be subjected to CAG audit and RTI review.

The government has listed 23 Bills, including 11 replacing ordinances. The Congress will oppose three farm-related ordinances and a fourth one on banking regulation changes. Congress Chief Whip in the Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh said, “We will oppose three ordinances related to farmers. These seek to weaken the food security pillars by diluting the MSP regime and tinkering with the public procurement process. These will also negatively impact remunerative farm prices. The CMs of Punjab and Chhattisgarh have written to the PM on these ordinances.

We are also against the banking regulation amendments which seek to undermine the cooperative system.”

The Congress will oppose the two-year MPLADS suspension and also question the expensive Central Vista project in times of Covid.

The Houses will commence with obituary references. After an hour’s adjournment, the RS will take up the election of Deputy Chairman.

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