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Dec 13, 2019

Both Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die

Both Houses of Parliament were today adjourned sine die. In his valedictory remarks, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, the Lower House functioned for 130 hours 45 minutes in this session.

The Speaker said, several important bills were passed and issues were discussed during the session.

In his valedictory remarks, Rajya Sabha Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the session registered around 100 per cent productivity and passed 15 important bills.

The bills include Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill and Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill.

He said, over 11 hours were wasted in the session due to disruptions. However, members sat beyond scheduled hours to complete the business. 

Earlier, Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments. When the House met after the first adjournment at 12 Noon, Mr Derek O’Brien of TMC tried to raise the issue of the situation in the North-Eastern States after the enactment of Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

He said, the violence has erupted in many parts of the North-East and urged the Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to allow him to speak.

The Chairman denied the permission saying it is Question Hour. Following this, TMC members trooped into the well and raised slogans against the government. Congress members also came into the well demanding government response over the situation.

They were supported by Left, Samajwadi Party, DMK and others. Leader of Opposition, Gulam Nabi Azad said, the government should come out with a statement over the situation after the enactment of Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Amid uproar, the Chairman tried to run the Question Hour and repeatedly urged the protesting members to go back to their seats as the entire country is watching. As the uproar continued, he adjourned the House till 1 P.M. 

During Zero Hour, Congress leader Anand Sharma demanded to convene an all-party meeting over the situation in the North East.

In the morning, the House was adjourned till 12 Noon following uproar by BJP members over the reported remarks of senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the rape incidents in the country.

When the house met this morning, BJP member Sonal Mansingh raised the issue demanding an apology from Mr Gandhi. She was supported by other BJP members as well as JD(U) and AIADMK’s MPs.

The protesting members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Congress leader.

The Chairman repeatedly urged for order in the house but in vain. Later, he adjourned the House till 12 Noon.

The Lok Sabha also witnessed adjournment till 12 Noon over Rahul Gandhi’s reported comments. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal raised the issue seeking an apology from Mr. Gandhi.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also objected to the remarks of Rahul Gandhi saying people who make such remarks have no moral right to be a member of this house. Later, ruling BJP members trooped into the well.

Congress members also on their feet demanded to start Question Hour. 

As pandemonium continued, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the house till 12 Noon. Recently, addressing a rally in Jharkhand, Rahul Gandhi had made the alleged objectionable remarks.

In the morning, both the Houses paid homage to the martyrs of Parliament terror attack.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today said that during the Winter Session the Lower House tried to dispose of maximum legislative business.

Briefing reporters this evening in New Delhi, Mr Birla said, important issues including air pollution and climate change were discussed in the session.

He said, the house also sat around 29 hours more than the scheduled time to complete the business.

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