Om Birla

"Before beginning of Monsoon Session, the MPs were briefed about Covid-19 precautionary measures by AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria on September 13 and September 14," Speaker Om Birla informed.

"I hope that in these trying times, all members will be present and will engage in fruitful discussions," said Om Birla

According to Rajya Sabha Secretariat, various parties will be allotted seats in the chamber and galleries of Rajya Sabha based on respective strength and the remaining will be seated in the chamber of Lok Sabha in two blocks meant for ruling parties and the others.

Birla made the remarks soon after the House met for the day and opposition members pressed for a discussion on Delhi violence on their adjournment notices.

The only way things will fall in place – is by escalating the issue nationally and highlighting state govt’s apathy and indifference in dealing with such crisis.

"Minister, listen to the question carefully when it is asked," Speaker Om Birla said after Danve asked Shiv Sena member Hemant Tukaram Godse to repeat his supplementary.

The Congress leader was agitated over Thakur's remark in praise of Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi during a discussion in Parliament on Special Protection Group (SPG) Bill on Wednesday.

Thakur, BJP MP from Bhopal, had triggered an uproar during a discussion in the lower house on Wednesday when she interrupted DMK leader A Raja's speech during a discussion on the Special Protection Group (Amendment ) Bill and praised Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse.

The Congress MPs staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha on Thursday alleging lack of transparency in electoral bonds after party leader Manish Tewari raised the issue and said that the decision has institutionalised "government corruption."

Ahead of the winter session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday said that the session is an important one as it is the last in this year and all lawmakers should contribute to enriching the discussions.