When a bill prohibiting the funding of activities related to weapons of mass destruction was discussed, the speakers of the opposition chose not to engage in the discussion.
The uproar by the opposition parties – which began after the chair announced the rejection of notices given by several opposition MPs to discuss price rise, inflation and the GST hike under Rule 267 – also sparked a debate on the calling attention motion to effect. stopped. covidMoved by NCP MP Fauzia Khan.
When the House met at 2 pm, the Deputy Chairman announced the Speaker’s decision to quash the notice under Rule 267 (Provision for suspension of business) on several issues such as misappropriation of agencies like CBI and ED by the government and price rise. Of.
Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of “running away” from the discussion. This was strongly opposed by Rajya Sabha leader Piyush Goyal, who said the government was ready for a debate on price hike but should wait as the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman Recovering from covid. “The government had taken several steps to contain the rise in prices, unlike many foreign countries which are fighting double-digit inflation. What have the opposition ruled governments done? They have not yet cut VAT on petrol and diesel. In fact, this is the reason why they do not want discussion in Parliament,” he said.
After the House sitting at 4 pm, discussion was initiated on the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Distribution System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act, 2005. Lok Sabha, Several opposition speakers on the list – Shaktisinh Gohil, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Vaiko and Fauzia Khan – refused to participate in the debate, leaving only speakers from the BJP or its allies to debate the bill. Meanwhile, opposition MPs kept raising issues of arrangement from time to time to disrupt the debate.
Speakers – Mahesh Jethmalani, including GVL Narasimha RaoBrijlal, GK Vasan and Ajay Pratap Singh – supported the bill saying that it is necessary to ensure that weapons of mass destruction do not fall into the hands of terrorists and non-state actors and the law is brought in line with it. UNSC Resolution 1540 which requires member states to pass legislation to curb the funding and funding of WMDs.
However, the lawmakers used the debate to blame previous UPA governments for failing to do enough to tackle terrorism – unlike the Modi government which has strongly raised terrorism in all international fora – during his tenure in a series of blasts. with citing a reference. Rao and Brijlal accused previous opposition governments of trying to appease a section of the minorities and “frame” people and organizations representing the majority community. Rao cited the Samjhauta blast probe to claim how the probe was politicized against the accused from the majority community, who were later acquitted.
Former UP DGP Lal said that 1,184 people were killed in terror attacks and blasts during the UPA regime.
Jethmalani said the 2005 Act would need to be revisited at a later stage to provide for penalties for WMD financing. Ajay Pratap Singh said that the law will also prevent WMD from falling into the hands of Naxalites.
The bill will be introduced for passage on Tuesday.