Monsoon Session of Parliament on Monday started on a stormy note as both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day following opposition uproar on various issues. Both the Houses witnessed repeated adjournments over various issues including price rise and farmers’ issue before they were finally adjourned for the day.
In the Lok Sabha, when the House met at 3.30 PM, members from Congress, TMC, DMK and others again created ruckus. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the government is ready for a discussion on any issue and urged the opposition to allow the House to function. As pandemonium continued, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier the House faced two adjournments. In the morning, amid ruckus Prime Minister Narendra Modi rose to introduce new members of his Council of Ministers and said he thought there would be enthusiasm in Parliament as so many women, SCs and STs have become ministers. Mr Modi said, this time many persons from OBCs and agricultural communities have been given berths in the Council of ministers. Opposition members were in the well demanding repeal of the farm laws and shouting slogans over rise in fuel prices. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh objected to the unruly behaviour of the opposition and bemoaned that while the Prime minister stands up to introduce the new ministers, the ruckus is unfortunate. The House also paid tributes to 40 of its former members. Four newly elected members also took oath.
Similar scene was witnessed in the Rajya Sabha. When the House met at 3 PM, Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge tried to raise the issue related to his adjournment motion on price rise which was disallowed by Deputy Chairman Harivansh. Following this, members from Congress, TMC, Left and others came into the well shouting slogans against the government. YSR Congress members were also on their feet demanding special Status to Andhra Pradesh. Amid noisy scene, the House took up the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 for consideration and passing. The Deputy Chairman repeatedly asked for order in the House but in vain. As the uproar continued, the House was adjourned for the day.
Earlier, the Upper House witnessed multiple adjournments following opposition uproar. When the House met post lunch, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of TMC questioned the nationality of Minister of State for Home Nisith Pramanik. Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge said, it is a serious matter. Some members from Congress, RJD, Shiv Sena and others were also on their feet. Responding to the issue, Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal rejected the allegation that Mr. Pramanik is a Bangladeshi national. He termed the allegation as baseless and demanded to expunge the accusation from the proceedings of the House. Deputy Chairman Harivansh said the matter will be examined. TMC members came into the well raising slogans.
In the pre lunch session also, the House witnessed stormy scenes over price rise and farmers’ issues. When the House met after first adjournment at 12.24 PM, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, while making opening remarks, said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us severely. He said the governments and all others concerned had to work overtime to address the bottlenecks in health infrastructure. Mr Naidu said, despite best efforts, a good number of precious lives have been lost and the need of the hour is to learn from the experiences of the first and second waves so as to be better equipped for the possible fresh bouts of the pandemic that are being talked about.
The Chairman also said, people look up to Parliament in their quest for meeting their aspirations and alleviating their sufferings. They are living under the pandemic induced stress since last year and this Monsoon Session assumes enhanced significance in the context of the prevailing situation in the country.
Some Congress members objected to the Chairman’s opening remarks. Members from Congress, TMC, Left, YSR Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and others trooped into the well raising slogans against the government over price rise, farmers’ and other issues. Some Congress members were seen displaying posters over the Pegasus spyware issue.
Amid noisy scenes, the Prime Minister rose to introduce new Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers. Mr. Modi expressed displeasure over the unruly scene in the House saying it is an occasion where women ministers and ministers from SC and ST communities are being introduced but what is this mentality which can not see their glory. He said the House is witnessing such a scene for the first time.
Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal condemned the opposition for disrupting the introduction of new Ministers. Amid uproar, the Chairman rejected the adjournment motions moved by members from opposition parties over different issues.
Earlier, when the House met this morning, it was adjourned for an hour till 12.24 P.M after paying obituary references to sitting members Dr. Raghunath Mohapatra and Rajeev Satav. It also paid homage to ten of its former members including actor Dilip Kumar and former Union Minister Ajit Singh as well as the legendary track and field sprinter Milkha Singh. The Chairman introduced the new Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal. Newly elected member from Kerala, Abdul Wahab took oath.