Despite unrelenting Opposition protests over the Pegasus snooping dispute and other concerns, the government pushed through six bills in the Lok Sabha on Monday, three of which were passed.
The Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2021, and the Constitution (Schedule Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill 2021 were all passed without debate.
The three bills were passed in 10 minutes, according to RSP’s NK Premachandran, who compared it to “cooking dosas.” The National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021, and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill, 2021, were introduced in the midst of the protests.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Manish Tewari, both members of the Congress, claimed that democracy was being “murdered” by the Centre’s legislative agenda being pushed through while the House was in disarray. The introduction of bills during protests, according to Tewari, is a breach of the Constitution. The government, according to Chowdhury, is “arrogant and vindictive.”
Opposition members abandoned the Well of the House and returned to their places when the third bill, The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2021, to reinstate the states’ power to list OBCs, was to be introduced. Earlier in the day, a number of opposition parties opted to support the bill’s passage.