Published On: Fri, Mar 6th, 2020

Amid uproar over Delhi violence, Both House of Parliament adjourned till March 11

New Delhi: Amid uproar over the suspension of seven Congress MPs and the Opposition demand to discuss the last week’s Delhi violence, the Lok Sabha was on Friday adjourned till March 11.

It is yet to be formed today afternoon. All parties will give names of their members

On Thursday, seven Congress MPs were suspended, for their unruly behaviour from Lok Sabha till the remainder of the current second sitting of the Budget session which ends on April 3.

Earlier in the day, the Lok Sabha was adjourned soon after it met as Congress and the Opposition members took up Delhi violence again and demanded immediate discussion on it. The Congress members also wore black bands on their arms to protest against the suspension of seven party MPs from the Budget Session.

The government has informed the House that it will discuss the Delhi violence on March 11, a day after Holi.

Soon after the House resumed at noon, it had a discussion over the conduct of the MPs. Speaking in the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi slammed the Congress members for their unruly behaviour and said, “The government doesn’t want to keep any MPs outside Parliament. But, what happened yesterday never happened in the 70 years of independent India.”

Replying to Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Joshi said, “Such behaviour should not be displayed in the House. Earlier, inappropriate words were said against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in the House, but we did not do anything.”

The Congress MPs, meanwhile, kept on shouting “we want justice” in the Lok Sabha.

Speaking before Joshi in the Lok Sabha, Chowdhury said, “Seven of our MPs were suspended for the entire Budget session yesterday. We don’t know on what basis this was done. We only want a discussion on the issue of Delhi violence.”

The Lok Sabha also passed two Bills — the Minerals Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Bankruptcy Code (second amendment) Bill, 2019 amid uproar by Opposition members over the last week’s Delhi violence which has left 52 people dead.

A committee has also been formed to inquire into the incidents that happened in the House between March 2 and March 5. Informing the Lower House, Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, who was in the chair, said: “The Speaker has formed a committee that will inquire about the incidents which happened in the House between March 2 to March 5 and submit its report to Parliament.”

Solanki said the Speaker will head this committee and it will have one member each from all political parties.

After informing the House about the committee, Solanki adjourned the House till 12.45 pm.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “It is yet to be formed today afternoon. All parties will give names of their members. The panel will draw one member from each party. Speaker Om Birla will be the Chairman of the Committee.”

Javadekar said the committee would discuss indiscipline since Monday as well as steps to revoke the suspension of seven Congress MPs from Lok Sabha on Thursday.

However, when the House resumed at 12.45 pm, it was adjourned till March 11 as Opposition members kept on raising slogans in the House.

On the other hand, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday adjourned the House till March 11 following continuous disruptions by opposition members who demanded a discussion on the Delhi violence in February.

This is the fifth day in row when the Upper House of Parliament could not transact any business due to the opposition uproar.

The opposition has upped the ante despite the fact that discussion on the issue will be held after Holi on March 10.

As the House proceedings began earlier in the day, Naidu read out a statement to mark the International Women’s Day on March 8, wherein he lauded women’s role in all spheres of life. He said that he chose to make the remarks on Friday since March 8 was a holiday.

The Chairman also observed that the media should have highlighted a statement on coronavirus by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in the House on Thursday since it was an issue of public concern. He said that “unfortunately a section of the media did not focus on it”.

He thereafter initiated the Zero Hour, following which opposition members stood up near their seat and raised slogans in support of their demand.

Naidu asked BJP member Kailash Soni to speak, after which opposition lawmakers from the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Trinamool Congress trooped near the Chairman’s podium and began raising slogans.

Warning some of the agitating members who stood near his seat, Naidu said that if they did not return to their seats, he would name them.

However, his warning was ignored by opposition members who kept on sloganeering. The Chairman then adjourned the House till 11 am on March 11.

The current session of Parliament, which resumed on March 2, has witnessed frequent adjournments due to protests over the violence that erupted on February 23 in several localities across north-east Delhi.

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