Both Houses of Parliament adjourned over Lalit Modi, Vyapam

first_imgProceedings in both the Houses of Parliament were paralysed on Wednesday as Opposition forced adjournments by creating uproar over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh.In Lok Sabha, members of Congress and Left repeatedly stormed the Well, carrying placards and raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for not acting against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje even as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan warned of action over the “unruly” behaviour. Displaying black ribbons, Congress members repeatedly raised placards with slogans such as:’Bade Modi meherban, toh chhote Modi pehelwan’ (a Hindi idiom meaning that a small person is strong if supported by a powerful person) and ‘PM chuppi todo’ (PM, break your silence) and ‘Modi ji 56 inch dikhao, Sushma, Raje ko turant hatao’ (Show your 56 inch chest by removing Swaraj and Raje).MUST READ | Monsoon Session: Modi hopes to work, Oppn braces for war Mahajan disapproved of the action of the protesting members and warned that “in the event of disorderly conduct, I would be constrained to initiate appropriate disciplinary action against erring members”.She said she has always provided “adequate” opportunity to all sections of the House to raise matters of topical interest and hoped that all the members would adhere to the set norms of etiquette and standards of behaviour.Even Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament witnessed ruckus as the Opposition pressed for the resignation of Swaraj, Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.advertisementALSO READ: Naidu sets Monsoon Session mood: No one will resign The Congress, the main Opposition in the Upper House, said it had submitted a notice under Rule 169, with its leader Ghulam Nabi Azad saying it wanted “action” and not just a discussion.The Opposition appeared united in the attack. Congress members also trooped near the chairman’s podium shouting slogans demanding the sacking of Swaraj. Party leader V. Hanumantha Rao even held a placard.Congress leader Anand Sharma, who submitted the notice, said: “I have not asked for discussion…My motion is for suspension of business to discuss the prime minister’s response to the demand for fixing accountability for a Union minister having clandestinely facilitated British travel documents (for Lalit Modi).”Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley even accused the Opposition of doing politics of slogan-shouting as he pressed for starting the debate on the issue.The Upper House saw repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch session, with two each in the Zero Hour and the Question Hour, as Opposition led by Congress continued the uproar demanding resignations of ministers and chief ministers.last_img

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