New Delhi: When the monsoon session of the Parliament kicked off on Monday morning, within minutes it was clear that it would be a stormy one. Relentless sloganeering led to adjournment of the Lok Sabha for a few hours. The Rajya Sabha was intially adjourned for an hour as a mark of respect to those who had died in the past few months.
Disruption in the Lok Sabha
Even before Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla could invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce the new ministers, commotion erupted from the Opposition side. Despite Birla repeatedly urging them to “uphold the dignity” of the House, the commotion continued.
“I had expected that there would be an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the House as women, Dalit and Adivasi MPs have become ministers in a big number. I would have loved to introduce them… but some people here have not liked the fact that the country’s women, Dalits, OBC members, farmers have become ministers. So, they are not even allowing their introduction to happen,” Modi said.
The commotion stopped for some time to pay tribute to those members who had passed away in the past few months.
However, it resumed when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stood up to speak. Singh called Congress’s behavior as ‘shameful’. Minutes later, with no sign of the chaos abating, Birla announced adjournment of the Lok Sabha till 2 pm
Rajya Sabha adjourned twice
House chairman Venkaiah Naidu began the proceedings by reading out the names of deceased members and prominent personalities. At the end of it, the house was adjourned as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
However, when the House convened again within minutes, the House got noisy. The initial murmurs only got louder when Naidu praised efforts of all involved in Covid management. Eventually, just like in Lok Sabha, sloganeering became extremely loud when Naidu attempted to introduce the new ministers. The House was once again adjourned till 2 pm.
What Modi had said earlier in the day
“I would like to urge all the MPs and all the parties to ask the most difficult and sharpest questions in the Houses but should also allow the government to respond,” the PM had said before the start of the session.
“The vaccine is given in ‘baahu’ (arms), those who take it become ‘Baahubali’. Over 40 crore people have become ‘Baahubali’ in the fight against Covid-19. It’s being taken forward. The pandemic has gripped the entire world. So we want meaningful discussions in the Parliament over it,” the PM said.
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