Parliament Budget Session: The Parliament proceedings were disrupted for the fourth straight day on Thursday as the political slugfest between the BJP and the Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks in London and the Adani-Hindenburg Research row intensified. Within just two minutes of the Budget Session of the Parliament resuming, following earlier adjournment till 2 PM, both Houses were adjourned by respective Speakers till 11 AM Friday.
As the Parliament proceedings began at 11 AM today, some opposition members came to the well of the house and began shouting slogans, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into alleged stock manipulation by the Adani Group, while members of treasury benches also raised counter-slogans from their seats, demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi, who today arrived at the Parliament, for his remarks. Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla then adjourned the House till 2 PM. Rajya Sabha, too, witnessed uproarious scenes on Thursday soon after it met for the day, with the proceedings adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow.
The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha have not been able to transact any business ever since it met since Monday for the second leg of the Budget session, amid opposition uproar. The Opposition members have been blaming the BJP
Parliament Budget Session Highlights: Both Houses adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow.
Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 AM Friday amid ruckus in both Houses of Parliament.
#WATCH | "If they allow me to speak in Parliament, then I will say what I think," says Congress— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2023
MP Rahul Gandhi over BJP demanding an apology for his London remarks. pic.twitter.com/J7a5DKWxt1
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi with party MPs in the Central Hall of Parliament in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/gQ1rReGwrs— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2023
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As Speaker Om Birla started proceedings of the Lok Sabha House, members of the House raised slogans and stormed the well of the House.
Even as the Speaker constantly asked members to not disrupt House proceedings, leaders didn't relent, leading to the House adjournment till 2 PM.
PM Narendra Modi holds a meeting with his top ministers including Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Anurag Thakur, Kiren Rijiu and Pralhad Joshi, in Parliament.
Leaders from like-minded opposition parties meet at the office of Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament.
“Each day the leaders of the ruling party disrupt the parliament proceedings but put the blame for it on the opposition. In view of Karnataka polls, as a part of a conspiracy, they're trying to spoil Rahul Gandhi's image. If Modi govt has the courage, then it should give permission to hold a debate in Parliament on RG's speech. We will prove who is against the country. It's not Rahul Gandhi, but this Modi govt,” says Congress MP AR Chowdhury.
“It's their conspiracy to not let the Parliament run and ignore our demand for a JPC probe in the Adani issue. They don't want to discuss issues of unemployment & inflation. Earlier on numerous occasions, Modi Ji spoke against India abroad. There is no question of apologising,” says Mallikarjun Kharge.
Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Adani issue.
Ranjeet Ranjan, Congress MP gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha under Rule 267 and demands discussion on “Govt failure in constituting a JPC to investigate the serious charges of corporate fraud, political corruption, stock market manipulation and financial mismanagement against the Adani group”.
“Rahul Gandhi must apologise for what he said in his London seminar. He has insulted our democracy, judiciary and nation. We must our raise voice against those who speak against our nation,” Kiren Rijiju adds.
“If Rahul Gandhi says something and Congress gets into trouble because of that, we have nothing to do with it. But if he defames our country, then as the citizens of this country, we can’t be quiet,” says Kiren Rijiju.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will be attending the Budget Session of Parliament today. He is likely to speak to the media about the controversy over his remarks made in London.
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The logjam continued in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. In Lok Sabha, opposition members stormed into the Well of the House, raising placards and slogans, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Adani matter while the BJP slammed Rahul, accusing him of insulting India and cast aspersion against the Speaker of the House. Rajya Sabha proceedings were also disrupted amid uproar over the BJP’s demand for Gandhi’s apology for his “democracy under attack” remark made in London. Both houses have failed to transact business so far in the second leg of the Budget session of Parliament that began on Monday.