Naidu threatened to invoke rule 255 against those holding placards. As the members refused to budge, he ordered that those “disobeying the chair and raising placards shall leave the House under rule 255”.
Later, a parliamentary bulletin identified the six MPs as Dola Sen, Md Nadimul Haque, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Shanta Chhetri, Arpita Ghosh and Mausam Noor.
Amid the protests, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman first introduced the Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to encourage start-ups and improve the ease of doing business. The bill was passed in 25 minutes.
Much of the monsoon session has been marred by disruptions and adjournments. This doesn’t speak highly of either the Opposition or the Centre. It is equally worrying that bills are being hastily passed in such a situation. This defeats the very purpose of having a Parliament, whose job is to discuss and legislate. Proper discussion brings out the pros and cons of any bill and that’s very important for any democracy.
Similarly, the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill was passed in about 15 minutes. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill 2021 moved by the civil aviation minister, in turn, was passed in less than 20 minutes.
Deputy chairman Harivansh did give a chance to a few opposition MPs to speak on the bills but they instead chose to raise other issues, making him cut them short and move on with the proceedings.
Lok Sabha passed two legislations amid opposition protests- the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 and the Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021- within a matter of a few minutes as opposition parties continued to shout slogans over the Pegasus issue.