Uproarious start to Monsoon Session

News4u-News Desk-Disruptions marred the proceedings in Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Monsoon session Tuesday, with Opposition Congress adamant on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation over Lalit Modi controversy and BJP accusing it of running away from a debate on it.

Leading the opposition protests, Congress members forced three adjournaments in the pre-lunch session making both Question Hour and Zero Hour a casualty, even as Leader of the House Arun Jaitley offered an immediate discussion and said Swaraj could make a statement on the issue.

“Please start a discussion immediately. You don’t want a discussion…. You don’t have to press your case for a discussion. I am making an offer and would suggest … if they want to start a discussion, then start it immediately. If they want a statement from the External Affairs Minister, we are ready for it. Sushma Swaraj will make a statement within five minutes,” Jaitley said.

However, his pleadings went unheeded and Congress members continued to create an uproar, as Chairman Hamid Ansari urged the members to allow the Question Hour to function. Amid the uproar, Ansari was forced to adjourn the House till 2 PM.

As soon as the House assembled in the morning, Congress members were on their feet targetting the government on the matter.

Before the session began, Lok Sabha Spekaer Sumitra Mahajan hoped that the Parliament will function smoothly.

The house paid tribute to the departed members of Parliament including sitting member Dileep Singh Bhuria and 13 former members of Parliament.

With the important legislations like the Land Bill, the GST bill and the real estate bill pending before Parliament, the government is seeking the support of all parties in their early passage.

Land Acquisition Bill continues to be the main issue of confrontation between the government and the opposition.

The Monsoon Session that is likely to end on 13th August is expected to be a stormy affair with Congress and other parties giving indications to that effect.


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