Vol. 65 No. 181 | TUESDAY | NOVEMBER 30, 2021 | 18 Pages | RBI SUPERSEDES REL CAP BOARD; TO START BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS EDIT REPEAL: BAD BEGINNING BEGETS A BAD ENDING ‘IF I HAD JUST FIVE SCENES, I WOULDN’T SAY I’M IN ANTIM ’ PARL PASSES BILL TO CANCEL Jaya Bachchan slams govt FARM LAWS WITHOUT DEBATE OPPOSITION SAYS MODI GOVT SCARED OF ‘LEGITIMATE DEBATE’ FPJ BUREAU / New Delhi Parliament's four-week Winter Session began on a tumultuous note on Monday with the Lok Sabha and later the Rajya Sabha okaying a bill within five minutes each to repeal three controversial farm laws without any debate. The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at 2 pm. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in the forenoon session and it was similarly passed by the Rajya Sabha in the afternoon session after Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh moving the bill said no need for debate as both ruling and Opposition agree on the repeal. Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of 700 farmers dying during the protest at the Delhi borders while ridiculing the government for gaining wisdom after a year and three months to repeal the laws after sensing the atmosphere in the re- THAROOR’S SELFIE WITH WOMEN MPs SPARKS ROW cent by-elections amid fear of losing the Assembly elections in five states early next year. Deputy chairman Harivansh cut short Kharge to let the agriculture minister seek Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday posted a selfie with six women MPs on Twitter with the caption: ‘Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?’, triggering a controversy, with National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma tweeting: “You are demeaning their contribution in parliament and politics by making them an object of attraction. Stop objectifying women in parliament.” Tharoor, meanwhile, defended his selfie and posted: “The whole selfie thing was done (at the women MPs’ initiative) in great good humour & it was they who asked me to tweet it in the same spirit. I am sorry some people are offended but I was happy to be roped in to this show of workplace camaraderie.” voting without any debate, noting that Kharge was also emphatic that all welcome the repeal and none opposed since it is in farmers' interest. Speaker Om Birla refused the debate as the House was not in order since the Opposition members were in the well sloganeering to pay homage to the farmers who died in a year-long protest on the Delhi borders. Congress group leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhury protested over no debate on the Bill brought to repeal the three laws which were passed after due debate. He also protested at the Speaker refusing demand to pay homage to the farmers who sacrificed their life to force repeal of the farm laws. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE ANI / New Delhi Samajwadi Party (SP) Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan on Monday slammed the Central government for passing the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 in the Upper House without a discussion, and said she has “never witnessed such an atmosphere in the Parliament where the Opposition was not even allowed to speak”. Bachchan said, "My point is that such an important bill was passed in Rajya Sabha without any discussions. I do not understand the way the proceedings are going on in the Parliament. I have been an MP for many years, but this is the first time I'm seeing such an atmosphere where the Leader of the Opposition, who was speaking, was interrupted in middle by the Union Minister and was not even given an opportunity to keep his point. Amidst the uproar, the bill was passed, what is this?” she added. R Why is the PM apologising: RaGa ahul Gandhi on Monday said the government was afraid of discussion in Parliament and so it scuttled discussion in both the House. “The government knew it has done wrong and so it was scared of the legitimate debate in the way it had also got the three laws enacted without any debate,” he said. “Unfortunate that the bills were repealed without any discussion, without any conversation. We wanted to have a conversation about the forces behind these bills because they reflect the power behind the prime minister. We wanted to discuss who actually is behind these bills,” Rahul said, asserting that the government was scared of this truth coming out in open. “Why did it take 700 dead farmers for them to repeal these laws? Why is the prime minister apologising? For what? If they have done nothing against the farmers, why he is apologising? And on whose behalf is he apologising? The prime minister is an instrument of these forces. The prime minister is the tool of these forces. These forces sit behind the prime minister. These forces capture the media and they pass laws like the farm laws. They do demonetisation and they are inimical to the future of the country,” he said. He said the discussions were prevented since “we wanted to discuss MSP, we wanted to discuss Lakhimpur Kheri. We wanted to discuss the death of 700 farmers who died in this agitation, whereas the government is terrified of having this discussion. The government wants to hide. The government does not have the guts to stand up for its action and this is quite unfortunate.” 320c. 240c. Sunrise: 06:55 am Sunset : 05:59 pm Light, desis deny India Test victory over NZ Two India-born cricketers, Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra, showed remarkable resilience under fading light and on a deteriorating track to defy India's famous spinners, eking out a thrilling draw for New Zealand in the opening Test here on Monday . Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times but Mumbai-born Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on even keel in the two-match series. A match lasting five days on an Indian spin-friendly track impressed newly-appointed national head coach Rahul Dravid, who announced Rs 35,000 as a token of appreciation for the ground staff. Full report on Page Game Vinod Dua 'beyond critical'; no rumours, says daughter PTI / New Delhi Veteran journalist Vinod Dua, who was hospitalised with Covid earlier this year, is in the ICU and his condition is “beyond critical”, his daughter, actor-comic Mallika Dua, said on Monday and asked people to not spread rumours about his death. The 67-yearold journalist, a pioneer in broadcast Hindi journalism with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV lost his wife, radi, ologist Padmavati ‘Chinna’ Dua, to Covid in June. “My papaji is beyond critical in the ICU. His health had been deteriorating rapidly since April. He also is unable to come to terms with losing the light of his life. He has lived an extraordinary life and given us the same. He deserves no pain. He is immensely loved and revered and I request you all to pray that he experiences as little pain as possible,” Mallika Dua wrote. As news of his ill-health spread, so did rumours that he had passed away and some people even posted condolence messages, prompting his daughter to request people to not spread rumours. “Request everyone to not spread rumours about my father's demise. He is in the ICU. Fighting still. Whatever be the outcome. Let him have his dignity Do not believe/spread mis. information please. I will issue all official news and updates on him,” Mallika wrote on her Instagram stories. Vinod Dua and his wife were in a hospital in Gurgaon when the second Covid wave was at its peak. The journalist's health has suffered ever since and he has been in and out of hospitals.