It is likely that the Opposition will disrupt the Parliament proceedings on Day 10 of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament on issues like rise in the mob lynchings and the political developments in Bihar.
Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted on Thursday as some opposition parties created uproar over the political developments in Bihar and some other issues.
The House had to be adjourned for 25 minutes, just five minutes after it met for the day at 11 am. As soon as the House took up the Question Hour, Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav (RJD) raised the issue of JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar leaving the Grand Alliance and forming a new government with the BJP.
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Shouting from his bench in the front row, he dubbed it as "murder of democracy".
Kumar resigned as Bihar chief minister on Wednesday evening, dumping the Mahagathbandhan which also included the RJD and the Congress.
Subsequently, he firmed up an alliance with the BJP and formed a new government with its support on Thursday morning.
Congress members trooped into the well of the House, demanding revocation of the suspension of six of its members.
They carried placards which read: "End discrimination, give justice madam Speaker" and "take back suspension (of six party MPs)."
The Congress members were also demanding initiating discussion on "mob lynchings".
In the Rajya Sabha, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that India is committed to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, but the onus is on that country to create an atmosphere conducive for bilateral talks.
"India is committed to address all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, bilaterally and through peaceful means in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. Such a dialogue to be meaningful necessarily requires an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence," Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha.
"The (Indian) government's consistent policy has been that it desires good neighbourly relations with Pakistan... (but) the onus is on Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere for a constructive and substantive comprehensive bilateral dialogue," the minister added.
Swaraj said India's "principled and consistent" position has been that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Indian Union and that a part of the state is under "forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan".
In a written reply to another question, the minister denied relations with Pakistan were tense in the last three years.
"It is not true that bilateral relations between India and Pakistan have been very tense during the last three years. In fact, during 2014 and 2015, there was considerable improvement in bilateral relations," she said.
Swaraj said during her December 2015 visit to Islamabad, both sides agreed to a meeting at the foreign secretaries level to work out the modalities for a comprehensive dialogue.
With input from agencies
Published Date: Jul 28, 2017 02:41 pm
| Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 03:46 pm