Parliament Budget Session Highlights: Both Houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, were adjourned till 11 AM Tuesday amid uproar by the Treasury and Opposition benches shortly after the Parliament re-convened at 2 PM today. The proceedings of both the Houses started at 11 AM on Monday after a complete washout of the first week of the second leg of the Budget Session which began on March 13. However, as ruckus continued, the Houses were adjourned till 2 PM.
On Monday, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said that the party has sought time from the Lok Sabha Speaker for Rahul Gandhi to speak in the House. He said the Congress MP will speak in the Lok Sabha tomorrow if allowed. The functioning of both houses of Parliament has been stalled over the Centre’s demand for Rahul’s apology for his remarks on democracy in the UK as well as the Opposition keeping the heat on the government, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani-Hindenburg issue.
Parliament Budget Session: The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha set off on a stormy note amid continued demands for Rahul Gandhi’s apology and a JPC on the Adani-Hindenburg issue.
Amid sloganeering in Lok Sabha by several members of the House, the House was adjourned by Chairman Kirit Solanki.
Several members of Lok Sabha shout slogans in Lok Sabha.
Slogans such as 'Rahul Gandhi maafi maango', 'Rahul Gandhi shame, shame' could be heard in the House.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow, amid ruckus in House.
The Congress party has claimed that the Adani issue is the “biggest scam” in India after Independence. Party MP Pramod Tiwari also blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the continuous disruption of Parliament since March 13.
The drama that has been going on since 13th March, can't be happening without a signal from the PM. Today, once again Parliament wasn't allowed to function. What are we demanding? Just a JPC investigation into the biggest scam after Independence: Congress MP Pramod Tiwari on… https://t.co/9uDbqPzAXz pic.twitter.com/CdJbNk6lnc— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
Opposition parties have alleged that the BJP government was scared of a JPC probe into the Adani issue, saying doing so will “expose” those who “filled Adani's coffers” by “snatching away” the rights of the middle class and the poor.
Why is BJP scared of JPC? If JPC is taken up, BJP's mask would fall off and all those – from top to bottom – who filled the coffers of Adani by snatching away the rights of the middle class and the poor will be exposed: Congress MP Pramod Tiwari pic.twitter.com/eIo9DpbaYu— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
Both houses of Parliament have been adjourned till 2 PM amid sloganeering and uproar by the government and Opposition benches.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge today said that the party has sought time from the Lok Sabha Speaker for Rahul Gandhi to speak in Parliament. “We have asked for a time tomorrow. If allowed, he (Rahul Gandhi) will speak in Parliament tomorrow,” Kharge said.
VIDEO | "We have asked for a time tomorrow. If allowed, he (Rahul Gandhi) will speak in Parliament tomorrow, says @kharge. pic.twitter.com/M3pA3i6bPq— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) March 20, 2023
Delhi | Leaders from like-minded opposition parties meet at the office of LoP Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament to chalk out the strategy for the floor of the House.— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
(Pics source: AICC) pic.twitter.com/IjzKD9bbjc
Like-minded opposition parties are likely to meet on Monday in Parliament to chalk out a strategy to the floor of the House. The meeting is likely to be held at Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge's office in Parliament.
Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha demanding discussion on “essence, substance and spirit of Freedom of Speech accorded to Members of Parliament under Article 105 of the Constitution.”
Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the “government's failure in constituting a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate Adani Group issue.” (ANI)
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari gives suspension of business notice under rule 267 to discuss the “need to constitute a JPC to investigate the govt's role in promoting business interests of Adani Group.”
Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan gives a suspension of business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss “ the Government’s failure to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the charges of corporate fraud.”
Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil give a suspension of business notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss “on what grounds Kiran Patel was provided with a Z+ security cover and was allowed to go to areas where civilians are not allowed to visit.” (ANI)
Following adjournments of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Friday, the Houses will meet today.
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The first week of the second part of the Budget session of Parliament has been marred by disruptions with the two Houses not able to conduct any major business. The budget session of Parliament which began on January 31 will conclude on April 6. The second part began after a month-long recess on March 13.