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Lok Sabha passes 3 Labour bills,Opposition boycotts Parliament

The 8 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs have ended their dharna on the lawns of Parliament and joined the Opposition’s boycott of the rest of Monsoon Session. The Opposition will be boycotting the session till their demands on the suspension and farm bills are met. The government has said the Opposition MPs “nearly assaulted” Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh even when the Speaker was willing to move the bills to a select committee for further scrutiny.The opposition has boycotted parliament, walking out of the Lok Sabha hours after a similar move in the Rajya Sabha, in protest over the farm bills and till three key demands, as well as a "request" to revoke the suspension of eight members, are met. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad made the declaration in the Upper House amid high drama for a third straight day.Lok Sabha took up bills on the labour codes, which were moved by Gangwar, amid boycott of the House proceedings by several opposition parties, including the Congress, in protest against the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members.

The Lok Sabha has passed three labour bills tabled by Union labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar in absence of Opposition MPs. The bills were passed by voice votes.The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020 and The Code on Social Security, 2020 have been passed by Lok Sabha.

The meeting between Opposition MPs and Speaker Om Birla ended without any decision as the Opposition MPs stuck to their demands. During the meeting, Speaker Birla urged Opposition to participate in House proceedings. The Opposition MPs said that they had nothing against the Speaker, but were protesting against what transpired in Rajya Sabha. The Opposition MPs have said that they will come to Parliament on Wednesday but will not attend the House proceedings.

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