Lok Sabha adjourned till 4 PM; Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day following continued opposition protests over price rise & other issues
Price rise and GST hike on essential commodities continue to disrupt the proceedings of both Houses of the Parliament on the third consecutive day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
As the Lok Sabha met for the day, opposition members trooped into the well of the House shouting slogans against price rise.
Congress Members were seen displaying milk and butter-milk packets as a mark of protest. Speaker Om Birla appealed to the agitating members who are indulging in sloganeering to go back to their seats and take part in discussions. Stating that the majority members want Parliament to work, the Speaker told the agitating members that they will be given a chance to raise the issues during the zero hour. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi also appealed to the opposition members to allow the proceedings. Amidst the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till 2 PM and afterwards till 4PM.
Price rise and GST hike on essential commodities continue to disrupt the proceedings of Rajya Sabha on the third consecutive day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
In the Rajya Sabha, when the House met after the first adjournment at 2 PM, Opposition members including Congress, Left, AAP, DMK and TMC again trooped into the well raising slogans against the government. Some Congress members were seen carrying milk product packets as a mark of protest. Amid ruckus, Deputy Chairman Harivansh tried to run the House while urging agitating members to maintain order in the House. He also objected to some of the protesting members for video recording inside the House saying it is against the rules. As the pandemonium continued, he adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier in the morning, similar scene was witnessed in the Upper House. When the Rajya Sabha met for the day, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of price rise saying that GST hike on essential commodities has adversely affected the common man. He said, the prices of essential commodities including rice, wheat, flour and milk have been hiked which is against the interest of people. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu interrupted Mr. Kharge saying he is ready for discussion.
Following this, opposition members including Congress and AAP trooped into the well raising slogans against the government. Members from TMC, DMK, Left and others were also on their feet. Amid din, Mr. Naidu tried to run the House asking opposition member to allow the House to function, but in vain. He adjourned the House till 2 PM. Nominated member PT Usha was administered the oath by the Chairman in the morning.