The proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday as Congress MPs raised slogans demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. Congress members also raised the issue in Rajya Sabha, though the upper house continued amid brief uproar.
As soon as the Question Hour began in Lok Sabha, leader of Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue. But as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan refused to allow his demand during the Question Hour, the Congress members stood on their feet.
Soon, they took to the Well of house and resorted to sloganeering even as Ms Mahajan sought their cooperation for maintaining order in the house.
The Prime Minister was not present as he is touring Ockhi cyclone-hit states in southern India.
“The elections are over and the results are out. I cannot allow you to raise the issue here,” she told the agitating members.
Kharge and NCP’s Tariq Anwar said the issue should not be linked to polls. Newly-elected Congress member Sunil Jakhar said if there was any truth in Modi’s claim that Singh had conspired with Pakistan to rig the Gujarat poll verdict, the government should file a case against the former Prime Minister.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also urged the Congress members to take their seats and participate in the Question Hour.
A visibly upset Speaker said while the Congress has been accusing the government of not convening the Winter session on time, they were disrupting it now. The house was adjourned briefly for 30 minutes around 11.30 AM.
(With inputs from PTI)