For the third consecutive day, the lower house of the Parliament was adjourned with no business transacted; stoking apprehensions of very little business throughout the session, with collision between the Opposition and Government giving no signs of abating. It was a second straight day when Lok Sabha had to be adjourned for the whole day due to an unprecedented protest from both the sides.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the session barely four minutes into the proceedings. The adjournment means a complete ‘washout’ of Lok Sabha sittings in the first week of the Monsoon session, which began on the 21st July.
The first day, however, was adjourned on the reference of an obituary but Wednesday onward it shaped into a difficult session for the incumbent as the Opposition, especially the Congress party, not lending any concession to the NDA government on its demand for the resignation of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
The spate of unending protests over the Lalit Modi controversy and ‘Vyapam’ scam has resulted into a non-transaction of any government business inside the House.
The situation accentuated further on Friday morning with the members of ruling BJP protesting in the Well of the house carrying placards targeting Chief Ministers of the states ruled by the Congress party. Even the papers listed for the day could not be tabled. Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, were listed today for consideration and passage.
As the house resumed in the morning at 11:00 am, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced the rejection of notices of adjournment motion moved by the leaders of Congress and the Left parties on Lalit Modi controversy, Vyapam scam and other issues.
In response to the rejection of notice, Congress members, wearing black bands on their arms, rushed to the Well shouting slogans and holding placards they have been displaying for the past three days. The Opposition members once again criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him “voiceless” along with taking on the BJP over the series of alleged ‘scams’.
With no middle ground in sight, the Speaker decided to adjourn the house for the day.
“You don’t want to raise issues. You don’t want to take part in the proceedings,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan remarked.
TRS members too staged a protest raising the demand for a separate high Court in Telangana.
On Thursday too, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the whole day just an hour after it reassembled as an aggressive Opposition, led by the Congress party, stood firm on protest. The Opposition has been attacking the BJP-led NDA government over the issue of Lalit Modi controversy and ‘Vyapam’ scam both inside and outside the Parliament.
(With inputs from the PTI)