Rahul Gandhi shows 'life' for second day running in Parliament

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 8 2014, 00:03am hrs
A day after storming the Well, Rahul Gandhi was again active in Lok Sabha today as he batted for more time to a Congress party colleague speaking passionately on the issue of atrocities against women and children.

Rahul Gandhi, who was sitting in the fourth row, was listening to the discussion and was also seen talking to Congress members Jyotiraditya Scindia.

He even thumped the desk after Ranjeet Ranjan, a Congress MP from Bihar, ended her speech.

As Ranjan had exhausted her allotted time of 11 minutes to speak on the issue, the Chair asked her to take her seat. The Congress members, however, demanded that she be allowed to speak as the issue was of importance.

Rahul Gandhi, along with other Congress members, demanded that Ranjan be allotted two more minutes.

Yesterday, the Congress Vice President had raked up the issue of "rising" communal violence and later said that opposition is not being given time in the House to discuss the issue.

Normally reticent and a back-bencher, Rahul Gandhi - a third time member of the House - entered the Well for the first time to join his party members in pressing for an adjournment motion to discuss the incidents of communal violence.