18 July, New Delhi
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day today over different issues on the second day of the Monsoon session. Both Houses adjourned for the day.
Lok Sabha was first adjourned till 12 and later when it met again noisy scenes continued to interrupt the proceeding forcing the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourning the House for the day.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise the plight of farmers. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow the issue to be discussed during the Question Hour.
Congress and TMC members were on their feet shouting slogans and trooped into the well of the House with BJP members from Karnataka displaying placards seeking protection of honest officers. In the commotion, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.
The House paid tributes to the victims of terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan and other parts of the world. Tributes were also paid to people who lost their lives due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in North Eastern states.
Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has charged the opposition with running away from discussion. He was responding to the allegations levelled by the opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha today.
Mr. Javadekar said, the opposition parties have no point to support their argument that’s why they are running away from it. He urged them to take up business in the House instead of disrupting its proceedings. He said the government is ready for holding discussions any time.
The House which witnessed repeated adjournments and noisy scenes throughout the day was finally adjourned till tomorrow.
Earlier, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 3 PM on different issues raised by the opposition parties. The House witnessed two adjournments in the pre-lunch session over issues related to farmers and atrocities and lynching of dalits.
When the House met at 2 PM Derek O’Brien of Trinamool Congress alleged that the government is not taking up the discussion on issues raised by the opposition. He said, there were 12 notices pending with the Chair. Naresh Agarwal of Samajwadi Party expressed concern over the decreasing number of sittings of the House.
Responding to this, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said, the government is ready for discussion and asked the opposition to start it right now. Deputy Chairman Prof. P.J. Kurien also repeatedly said that the Chair is ready for taking up discussion.
However, the opposition continued to troop into the well raising slogans against the government. This forced the Chair to adjourn the House for the day.