Lok Sabha logjam: The BJP regime passes three key bills in the lower house in just thirty minutes!

In an intense logjam in both the chambers in the ongoing Parliament session, the protest from the opposition parties has been supercharged, so was the passing of Bills by the Modi-led BJP regime. The opposition parties have been urging Prime Minister Modi to address the chambers about the Manipur violence and as their protests continued in Lok Sabha on Friday, the BJP government had swiftly passed three bills in thirty minutes. 

In passing the bills quickly, the BJP regime had resorted to its typical conduct in the house - giving no room for discussions. Of these three bills that were passed on Friday - July 29, one was passed with a brief discussion while the rest two were cleared without discussions. After the three crucial bills were passed in the lower house, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till July 31. 

The bills that were passed are the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill which will allow the private sector to bid for mining critical minerals like Lithium, the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, which would provide the regulation and maintenance of standards of education and services of nursing and midwifery professionals, and the third bill is National Dental Commission Bill, which will seek to regulate the profession of dentistry, to provide quality and affordable dental education. 

According to IANS, while the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill was passed after a brief discussion, the other two bills were clubbed together and passed without discussion. The bills were passed in the midst of the opposition protests demanding the presence of the Prime Minister and urging him to speak about the Manipur violence in the house. 

The BJP government had first introduced the IIM (Amendment) Bill and then within half an hour, these three bills were passed. During passing the bills, the opposition members had raised slogans that the bills were passed despite the fact that a no-confidience motion had been moved in the lower house and the members termed the clearing of three bills 'illegal' and 'a fraud on the Constitution'. 

While the Lok Sabha Speaker admitted the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government moved by the opposition earlier this week, the motion is yet to be brought for a voting. Though the motion will fail with a weak number for the opposition parties, they have earlier claimed that to make the Prime Minister speak about the Manipur violence in the house, this motion has become inevitable. 

On the other hand, while introducing the Mines and Minerals Bill, Union Minister for Coal, Mines, and Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi said that the bill would be a game changer. During the passage, Joshi and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who introduced the other two bills, went to the back benches when their respective bill were being passed, with the view of refraining from the protesting members.