Lok Sabha paid homage to sitting member from Kerala, E Ahamed, who passed away today morning after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. The lower house also witnessed a brief uproar as Congress and few other Opposition parties demanded that the Union Budget be deferred for a day.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan addressed the house paying condolences to 78-year-old Ahamed following which members observed a minutes’ silence.
Soon after as Speaker asked Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley to present the Budget, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded the house be adjourned for a day, citing convention.
Mahajan, however, assured the Opposition that house will not sit on Thursday in respect of the departed senior member.
“Lok Sabha not to sit tomorrow as a mark of respect to member and IUML leader E Ahamed who passed away today,” she said.
The Opposition members, mainly Congress, continued to raise their protest for a brief while as Jaitley started reading the Budget.
Earlier, Kharge had told the press that Congress party med leaders from other opposition parties as well and they too were of opinion that budget be postponed for the day.
Meanwhile, Arun Jaitley had speculations to the rest saying he will present the Budget today. “Watch me live presenting the Union Budget 2017 at 11 am, February 1, 2017,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted.