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Mar 03, 2020

Both houses of Parliament adjourned amid ruckus over Delhi violence

Delhi violence today rocked the proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament for the second day. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day following continued opposition protests over the issue.
The Lok Sabha witnessed acrimonious scenes amid repeated adjournments. As soon as the House met after the second adjournment at 2 PM, Speaker, Om Birla suggested since the government is ready for discussion on the Delhi violence, it may be taken up after the Holi. However, opposition rejected the suggestion and demanded immediate discussion on the issue. Opposition members from Congress, TMC, DMK, SP, BSP and Left rushed to the well of the House. Amid noisy scenes, the Speaker allowed Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman to introduce, The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020. This was vehemently opposed by the Opposition and the agitating members created a pandemonium leading to the adjournment of the House for the day.
Earlier, the House witnessed two adjournments in the pre lunch session. When it met after the first adjournment at noon, the scene was no different as opposition members again trooped into the well raising slogans against the government. This led to the adjournment of the House. In the morning, immediately after the House assembled for the day, opposition members from Congress, DMK, TMC, Left, BSP, SP and others tried to raise the issue. But, Speaker, Om Birla ruled that the House should be allowed to run and the matter would be taken up after the Question Hour. However, agitating members continued to press for their demand saying that the matter is serious and the government did not react on this issue. Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Pralhad Joshi said that the issue can be taken up during the Zero Hour. He said, the government has no objection in discussing the issue and the return of normalcy is the utmost priority for it. Amid noisy scenes, Speaker, warned that action will be taken if the opposition and treasury bench members try to cross the sides. He also objected to displaying of placards in the House.
Similar scene was witnessed in the Rajya Sabha which was adjourned twice before it was adjourned for the day over Delhi violence. When the House met at 3 PM after the second adjournment, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, entire world is talking about the violence and the Upper House should immediately discuss the issue. He said, since the government is ready, discussion should take place immediately as it will bring normalcy in the violence hit area. Mr. Azad said that it is a tragic incident and House should find a way forward so that such incidents do not take place again. Leader of the House, Thawar Chand Gehlot said, the government is ready for discussion on the issue and is not trying to run away. Senior Congress leader, Anand Sharma suggested that the discussion should be held tomorrow morning as there is a consensus. K. Keshav Rao of TRS urged the Chair to adjourn the House for the day and take up discussion tomorrow morning. Taking the sense of the House, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned it for the day.
Earlier, when the House met in the morning and Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur was laying the papers relating to his Ministry, some Congress members created noisy scenes objecting to his remarks during the Delhi Assembly elections. This prompted heated arguments between the treasury and opposition benches and forced the Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House within minutes.

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