Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after uproar by the Opposition parties, primarily the Congress party and Trinamool Congress. The lower house was adjourned briefly twice before Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned it for a day following heated exchange between Trinamool and the ruling BJP members.
First adjournment came few minutes after into the proceedings on Friday as Congress party moved a notice demanding discussion on the allegations of ill-treatment meted out to deceased MP E Ahamed’s family members by the authorities at Central government-run RML Hospital.
Soon after, the members of Trinamool Congress also joined in the din protesting against the arrest of two of their Lok Sabha MPs – Sudip Bandopadhay and Tapas Paul — by the CBI in an alleged chit fund scam.
Some TDP members were seen raising banners seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh.
“I will allow you to raise the issue during Zero Hour …not during Quesion Hour…I am warning you,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said amid noisy scenes.
But as the protest continued, the Speaker adjourned the House, first for 50 minutes till 12:00 noon.
The house witnessed proceedings for a while as it reassembled at noon but it was soon adjourned till 1:00 PM after Congress members raised protest as the House took up debate on Motion of Thanks to the President for his address.
The Congress party MPs once again pressed it demands of allowing discussion on the alleged ill-treatment of Ahamed’s family members.
Amid noise, Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley introduced the bill for cessation of govt liability on demonetised currency notes. The government had already issued an Ordinance on the same following its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.