Stormy monsoon session likely with government pushing 45 Bills

Monsoon Session 17 MPs including Meenakshi Lekhi Anant Kumar Hegde test positive for COVID-19

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The Monsoon Session will continue till October 1. Opposition members protested suspension of question hour but left it at that.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will sit alternately in four-hour shifts (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. -7p.m.), apart from a host of measures to ensure that physical distancing will be maintained.

The two houses of Parliament will sit in two shifts from Monday, 9 am to 1 am and 3 pm to 7 pm, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has arrived in Delhi to attend the Monsoon Session, his first Parliament appearance after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370.

During the monsoon session, the Opposition parties are expected to raise several issues, including the Narendra Modi government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, the devastation of India's economy and the ongoing India-China border dispute.

The upper house of Parliament will also pay condolence to former President Pranab Mukherjee and 18 sitting and former MPs, including Amar Singh.

Among the ordinances coming up before both Houses would be what the government had termed its trio of Bills for agricultural reform - the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the amendments to the Essential Commodities Act. Naidu could be heard telling Congress's Jairam Ramesh not to move around the House and this might well curb the usual on-the-floor discussions that take place. Speaking to the media before the session began, PM Modi said, "No relaxations until the Covid-19 vaccine comes". From the media gallery, we could see, seats of MPs numbered and separated with poly-carbon sheets.

As many as 12 MPs from the BJP the most from any party in Lok Sabha, were found infected with the disease during the test followed by the YSR Congress's two MPs and one each of the DMK, the Shiv Sena and the RLP.

Here's a look at how the parliament session donned a different look this time.

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