The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after it saw disruptions as Congress members raised the issue of allegations levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. The first adjournment came minutes after the house met, as Congress members stood at their seats, and created a ruckus over the issue. From the treasury benches — BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, who had the first question listed against his name, said the Bharatiya Janata Party was headed for victory in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. “…People have given a very good reply… Congress has lost Himachal Pradesh, and I want to thank the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) for the unprecedented victory in Gujarat,” Somaiya said. The Speaker then adjourned the house till noon, amid ruckus from both the ruling and opposition benches. As the House met at noon, Congress members once again raised the issue of the Prime Minister’s allegations, but were denied permission by the Chair. “You want to raise the same issue everyday… This is not done,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said.
Congress members also trooped to near the Speaker’s podium, raising slogans seeking an apology from Prime Minister Modi. “We will not tolerate insult of the former Prime Minister,” Congress members said. Amid the ruckus, papers were laid on the table of the House and bills were introduced, after which Speaker Mahanjan adjourned the House for the day.
Modi, during the campaign for the Gujarat Assembly polls, had claimed that at a meeting in Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house, the guests including Manmohan Singh, discussed the Gujarat polls with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India and former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri.