On Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned several times after Opposition parties pushed for discussion on the farmers’ protest. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu stated that the discussion on the protest would be allotted for Wednesday. The Opposition parties however, maintained the demand to discuss the protest for the current session. The Opposition parties raised slogans inside the House, resulting in the adjournment of the House four times.
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Parties including Congress, DMK, TMC, and Left parties issued notice 267, which asked for a suspension of daily business in order to discuss the ongoing farmers protests. The Chairman dismissed the notice, saying that the issue could be discussed in the motion of thanks to the President’s Address in a joint sitting for both Houses of Parliament. He mentioned that ‘these discussions’ are usually raised in the Lok Sabha and carried over to the Rajya Sabha, and that time will be allotted for this discussion on Wednesday. As the Chairman has rejected the suspension of daily business, the Opposition parties staged a walkout. When Question Hour had commenced in the House, the Opposition parties raised slogans in the well of the House. The Chairman addressed the slogans by stating that none of the slogans would go on record.
In response to the Chairman’s discussion, statements from Opposition party members showed an urgency in raising the farmers issue to the ruling dispensation. Sukendu Shekhar Roy of TMC stated that, “This House could not discuss the farmers’ issue when it came in the House in Monsoon Session. Now we are not aware of what are the discussions taking place between the govt and farmers,”. Other Opposition party members referenced the plight of the farmers at the border, as being of utmost importance as compared to other issues scheduled to be discussed.”Hundreds of farmers are sitting in bitter cold. We need to discuss their issue,” states Tiruchi Siva of DMK. “Parliament is a house of representatives, it can not ignore the plight of those sitting on the road,” says RJD’s Manoj K. Jha.