Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the day following ruckus by opposition

Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues continued to mar the proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day following ruckus by opposition. When the Lok Sabha met at 12 noon after first adjournment, opposition members including Congress, TMC and DMK again trooped into the well raising slogans against the government. The Presiding Officer repeatedly asked the agitating members to allow the House to function but in vain. Later, the House was adjourned for the day. Earlier, when the House met for the day, opposition members demanding a judicial probe into alleged Pegasus snooping disrupted the proceedings. Shiromani Akali Dal members were protesting against the three Farm Laws. Amid the pandemonium Speaker Om Birla tried to run the Question Hour. He urged the protesting members to return to their seats and allow the House to function. As the opposition protest continued the Speaker adjourned the House till 12 noon. Earlier, Mr. Birla greeted Indian contingent to Tokyo Olympics 2020 on behalf of the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, when the House met after third adjournment at 2.30 PM, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge tried to raise the issue of his adjournment motion on Pegasus snooping issue. But he was disallowed.  Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has already replied to the issue and there is no point to discuss it now.

Members from Congress, DMK, TMC and others created noisy scene which led to adjournment of the House for the day. Earlier the House witnessed three adjournments. At 12.30 PM, when the House reassembled after second adjournment, suspended TMC MP Shantanu Sen refused to withdraw from the House. Deputy Chairman Harivansh repeatedly asked him to leave the House but the member did not relent. Later, the House was adjourned till 2.30 PM. Members from Congress, TMC, DMK, Shiv Sena, Left and others were on their feet raising the Pegasus snooping issue. At 12 noon, it was briefly adjourned till 12.30 as Mr. Sen refused to leave the House.

In the morning, when Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced the Suspension of Shantanu Sen from the House for his unruly behaviour yesterday, some opposition members objected to the move. Opposition members also tried to raise the Pegasus snooping issue. As noisy scene continued, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House. Mr Naidu described the snatching and tearing of a copy of the Statement of Minister in the House as an assault on the country’s Parliamentary democracy. He expressed deep anguish over the course of events during the Monsoon Session. He said, in the meeting of leaders ahead of the session, they had expressed a keen desire to have a productive session. He urged the leaders to walk their talk by enabling smooth functioning of the House as disrupting the House is certainly no way of doing justice for which members are all here. Mr. Naidu said, since discussion could not take place in the House, members are not able to record their views over management of Covid pandemic.

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