It is the fourth straight day that uproar forced adjournments in both Houses of Parliament. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been washed out in the first week of the three-week monsoon session.
On day 4 of this session, heated exchanges between treasury benches and the Congress occurred in the Upper House.
The Opposition stuck to its demand for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje for allegedly supporting the controversial former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi. They also demanded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation over the Vyapam scam.
BJP and Congress members argued and created ruckus after Leader of the Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the ruling party for being a stumbling block in the functioning of Parliament.
In return, the treasury benches led by union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal protested and blamed the Opposition for the stalemate. Congress members then protested angrily by shouting slogans at the aisles.
In a counter-offensive launched against the Congress, the NDA MPs led by the BJP held a dharna within the Parliament complex holding placards that read: “Parliament should function”.
The protesting MPs demanded resignations of Chief Ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand for their alleged roles in scams.
Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav mocked the ruling party for sitting on a dharna. He said it was “unprecedented”.
“Ruling party world over have not sat on dharna …Who are they asking (for help)? Is it the almighty?”, Yadav said mockingly.
Post noon, when the House resumed, Anand Sharma, who is the Congress deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, alleged that the attitude of “those who used to talk big about corruption have changed after coming to power”.
Ruckus continued and the House was adjourned for the second time in the day.
Post-lunch, at 2.30 pm, the House barely functioned for less than 5 minutes. Opposition continued the ruckus and finally the House was adjourned for the weekend.