The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the whole day just an hour after it reassembled early on Thursday as an aggressive Opposition, led by the Congress party, stood firm on protest. The tempers further rose with even the ruling party members raising slogans against the Congress party.
The lower house has faced a washed out for the second consecutive day now. The House was adjourned on Wednesday, with a very little business transacted, after the repeated protest from the Opposition.
The scenario was no different on Thursday morning, as the members of Congress party, Left front, NCP, AAP and Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) stalling the proceedings over several controversies, which has been plaguing the BJP-led NDA government. The opposition members rushed to the Well of the house carrying placards and raising slogans against the government, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till noon.
The protest intensified as the house resumed with even the members of ruling BJP criticising Congress party and trading charges against the individuals. With no headway in sight, Speaker Mahajan adjourned the Lok Sabha for the day. The lower house will now meet again on Friday at 11:00 am.
The protest was sparked with the Speaker rejecting the notices of adjournment moved by the leaders of Congress party, Mallikarjun Kharge, M Veerapa Moily and K C Venugopal, and RSP member NK Premchandran. The leaders had moved the adjournment notice over the issue of Lalit Modi controversy, where the opposition has been seeking the resignations of Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
Ms Mahajan also rejected the similar notices by the Left front MPs Mohammed Salim, SP Dutta and MB Rajesh on the Vyapam scam. The notices served by SP member Dharmendra Yadav highlighting the plight of farmers due to acute agrarian crises and another one served by CPI (M) member A Sampath on caste census were met with the same action.
Soon, the Congress members sporting black ribbons stormed the Well holding placards and raising slogans criticising the government saying “PM chuppi todo” (PM, break your silence)
Taking attack to the opposition benches, BJP Chief Whip and senior MP Arjun Ram Meghwal told the Speaker about his notice of breach of privilege against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. In his notice, Meghwal alleged that Vadra had demeaned parliamentarians in one of his posts written on the internet social network website Facebook.
“He (Robert Vadra) cannot do that…nobody can do that,” Arjun Ram Meghwal shouted amid the din.
But the opposition members kept the pitch of their protest high despite the repeated warnings from Speaker Mahajan who asked them not to display placards. After her repeated pleas were ignored, the latter adjourned the house for the whole day.
Soon after the House was adjourned, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was seen talking to Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda.
(With the inputs from the PTI)