Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: To discuss House logjam, Opposition meet at Constitution Club underway

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Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: The breakfast meeting of Opposition leaders from as many as 17 parties from both Houses is underway on Tuesday at the Constitution Club in New Delhi. At the meeting, leaders are forming a strategy to overcome the current stalemate in Parliament. Some parties have proposed holding a mock session outside the Parliament premises.

The logjam in Parliament is over the alleged surveillance of Indians by spyware Pegasus. The Opposition has been demanding a structured discussion on the snooping issue in the presence of either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah. The government, however, has refused to debate the issue, and others raised by the Opposition.

The Opposition has signalled that it will continue to harden its position and draw up plans to set up its offensive against the Centre.

In Rajya Sabha Tuesday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move a Bill to further amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, be taken into consideration.

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Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: Opposition meets to discuss stalemate over Pegasus snooping issue, among others; Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to move Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill in Rajya Sabha; and more. Follow this space for the latest updates Rajnath dials Kharge, but no end to impasse

As the logjam in Parliament continued over the Pegasus snooping issue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday spoke to Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and sought his cooperation to end the impasse. With the government not agreeing to a debate on Pegasus, the Opposition signalled that it was hardening its position and is drawing up plans to step up its offensive against the government.

The Opposition leaders — from as many as 17 parties from both Houses — will meet over breakfast on Tuesday on the invitation of senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to strategise on their next course of action. Sources said that some parties have proposed that the MPs hold a mock session in the Parliament premises to highlight what they called the stifling of their voices inside the two Houses.

Parliament functioned for less than 17% of total time; Rs 133 crore of taxpayers’ money lost: Govt sources

Rocked by protests from opposition parties on Pegasus snooping and other issues since the start of the Monsoon session, Parliament has only functioned for 18 hours out of the scheduled time of 107 hours, resulting in a loss of more than Rs 133 crore of taxpayers’ money, government sources said on Saturday.

Sources said so far 89 hours have been wasted in the ongoing session which started on July 19 and is scheduled to conclude on August 13.

According to the details shared by official sources, while Rajya Sabha has functioned for nearly 21 percent of its scheduled time, Lok Sabha has managed to function for less than 13 percent of the scheduled time.

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