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Pegasus chaos blocks Parliament on Day 7, Centre asks states for data on people who died without oxygen

The seventh day of the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament was no different from the first few days when the chaos created by the opposition over the issues such as Pegasus project, farm laws and fuel price hike halted Parliament proceedings on Tuesday. However, it was the Pegasus issue which has dominated proceedings in both Houses so far.

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned multiple times on Tuesday as members of the opposition continued their protests on the Pegasus snooping issue, seeking an independent judicial probe into the matter. As soon as the Houses resumed their sessions, the opposition members began raising slogans in support of their demands for a probe.

Both houses of the Parliament resumed their sessions on Tuesday amid heavy sloganeering on the Pegasus snooping and farm laws. Opposition’s sloganeering have forced early adjournments in both Houses on the seventh day in a row.

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am tomorrow as Opposition MPs raised ‘Khela hobe’ slogans.

Meanwhile, the Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill that will replace an over nine-decade-old law governing lighthouses and provide a fresh framework to establish and manage vessel traffic services.

Earlier this month in the same Parliament during Monsoon Session, the Centre had told that no deaths due to lack of oxygen but now the Centre is demanding from the states and Union Territories to provide data on deaths due to oxygen shortage during Covid second wave to present it before the monsoon session ends on August 13. It had also said that the states and Union Territories had not provided any data on this front.

Earlier this year, a massive Covid surge during the Covid second wave across India had crushed the country’s health infrastructure which led to the shortage of hospital beds, drugs and vaccines. Among these, the most devastating was the shortage of medical oxygen that witnessed several people died breathless. Following which, several states went to court over oxygen sharing, while the government flagged off Oxygen Express trains to ensure supplies.

Read Also: Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi, raises shortage of Covid vaccines, demands probe into Pegasus spying

In other India News, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in Delhi

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