Parliament Day 10: No let up in Opposition's protest; mob lynching, Nitish Kumar joining NDA might come up for debate

Disruption may be witnessed on the tenth day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament as the Opposition is likely to raise Bihar's political crisis and the issue of mob lynchings in both the Houses of Parliament. Both the issues disrupted the Lok Sabha proceedings in the initial hours of the ninth day.

Mob lynching was raised on Thursday as the Lok Sabha witnessed protest-filled proceedings after the Opposition demanded a debate on the contentious issue. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said a decision on the debate would be taken at the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee. Later, the House was briefly adjourned after it met at 11 am.

When it met again, the Question Hour was resumed amid sloganeering by Congress MPs, who were standing near the Speaker's podium. After the Question Hour, the Speaker allowed opposition members to speak on the issue. She said she was not against the debate.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

However, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said two notices were submitted for the debate. "You are ready (for debate) but government is not ready," Kharge said.

The first notice was issued under rule 193, for a short duration discussion, and later again the opposition submitted notices under adjournment motion as it was not taken up. When we met you I was very happy when you said you are ready for the debate, and we should convince the government side..." Kharge added.

Proceedings of the Lower House were also disrupted as some Opposition parties created uproar over the political developments in Bihar. On Thursday, as soon as the House took up the Question Hour, Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav of RJD raised the issue of JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar leaving the 'grand alliance' with RJD and Congress to form a new government with the BJP.

Shouting from his bench in the front row, Yadav dubbed it as "murder of democracy". Nitish will be proving his majority on the floor of the Assembly on Friday, a day after he took oath as the chief minister for the sixth time on Thursday.

Rajya Sabha

In the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said 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," Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha.

On the issue of the 39 missing Indians, Swaraj said she would not declare the 39 Indians missing in Iraq as dead till she has concrete evidence to that effect. "I repeat, I will not declare them (the missing Indians) dead until we have concrete evidence to that effect," she told Rajya Sabha.

The Upper House on Thursday witnessed heated exchanges between treasury benches and Congress members as three BJP lawmakers, including Subramanian Swamy, raised the issue of Samjhauta Express train blast of 2005. Referring to a video of purported narco-test related to the train blast being shown on a TV channel, Shiv Pratap Shukla (BJP) said the blast took place because of involvement of Pakistan.

However, a section of Rajya Sabha members belonging to the Congress, DMK, TMC and CPI staged a demonstration in Parliament, demanding exemptions to Tamil Nadu from the purview of the NEET exam.

Nevertheless, after lunch, the session went smoothly in both the Houses. with few meaningful discussions.

On Friday, the Lok Sabha is expected to debate over a series of bills while in the Rajya Sabha, Rajeev Chandrasekhar is expected to table a private member bill to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism.

 

With inputs from agencies

 

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Published Date: Jul 28, 2017 11:37 am | Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 11:37 am


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