Monsoon Session: Both Houses adjourned for the day amid Opposition protests
The parties are demanding discussions on the Agnipath scheme and inflation among other matters.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after the Opposition parties protested against the price rise in the country, PTI reported.
Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm. It will now resume on Tuesday at 11 am.
The development came after the Rajya Sabha, too, was adjourned for the day following Opposition’s demands to hold discussions on the Agnipath scheme and inflation among other matters on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
In the Rajya Sabha, the Opposition members demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi come to the House and reply to the matters concerned, according to The Hindu.
Ahead of the session, which began at 11 am, Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda gave notice of suspension of business to discuss the Agnipath armed forces short-term recruitment scheme. Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator Elamaram Kareem sought discussions on rising prices and the imposition of 5% Goods and Services Tax on essential items, reported ANI.
The Congress had said it would raise the matters of inflation, the rise in fuel prices, Agnipath scheme, unemployment and the “attack on the country’s federal structure” in the House.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla urged MPs to hold a meaningful discussion in the House.
“Honorable members should think and communicate positively on the issues of the country’s interest,” he tweeted. “Hope all the parties will contribute in this by enriching the dignity and decency of the House.”
The Centre has listed 24 Bills for introduction during the session that will end on August 12.
These include the Multi-State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2022, the Trafficking of Persons (Protection, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2022 and the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2022.
Ahead of Monday’s session, Modi said Parliament is a forum for discussions with an open mind, reported The Indian Express.
“There should be Opposition and close analysis for constructive contribution to policy making,” he said. “I urge all MPs to contemplate deeply and discuss matters to make the session as fruitful and productive as possible.”
The statement came amid a controversy of ban on demonstrations, dharnas, strikes, fast or religious ceremonies as well as on certain words, including many that are often used to target the Narendra Modi-led central government.
The directive on protest ban holds significance as over the last few sessions of Parliament, Opposition leaders have held demonstration in the premises of the House on many matters of national importance to pressurise the government to discuss them. This had led to several adjournments and Parliament sessions being called off ahead of the last date.