Congress members stormed the Well and the ruckus continued during the Zero Hour in the afternoon, forcing an adjournment till 2.00 pm
Monday saw a stormy session in Parliament as six Congress members were suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for causing "grave disorder." However, the House proceedings went on for several hours before the Opposition stormed the Well, tore papers and threw them at the Chair, protesting lynchings.
Ordering their suspension amid noisy protests by Congress members and counter-slogans of "shame, shame" from the BJP benches, the Speaker said the conduct of Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and MK Raghavan was "highly unbecoming" and had undermined the Chair's dignity.
Members of the Congress and some other Opposition parties stormed the Well, raising slogans against the government and protesting lynching incidents in the name of cow protection almost since the House assembled in the morning and took up the Question Hour.
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However, after some time, only the Congress members remained in the Well and the ruckus continued during the Zero Hour in the afternoon, forcing an adjournment till 2.00 pm.
Mahajan pronounced her order as soon as the House reassembled at 2.00 pm and once again adjourned it till 2.30 pm due to the protests by Congress members that followed. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also in the House.
"The conduct of the members is highly unbecoming and in abuse of the rules of the House. It seeks to undermine the dignity of the House. These members were persistently and willfully obstructing the business of the House and have caused grave disorder," the Speaker said.
In her statement in the House, Mahajan said all this had happened despite her agreeing to a discussion under proper notice the issue of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims which was raised by leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a few other members.
Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar had also agreed to a discussion on the issue, she said. Despite this, the members stormed the Well, she said, while pronouncing the order. They did not stop despite her repeated requests for them to return to their seats, she said.
Meanwhile, despite the din, finance minister Arun Jaitley introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to authorise the RBI to direct banks to resolve the problem of stressed assets, which have reached "unacceptably high levels".
The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and replace the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which was promulgated in May.
The measure allows the RBI to initiate insolvency resolution process on specific stressed assets. The RBI would also be empowered to issue other directions for resolution, appoint or approve for appointment, authorities or committees to advise the banking companies for stressed asset resolution.
The government also introduced a bill providing for allocation of about Rs 2,000 crore from Central Road Fund (CRF) for developing national waterways (NWs).
The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to further amend the Central Road Fund Act, 2000 was moved by Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan in absence of Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.