Monsoon Session begins: Parliament adjourned after obituary to deceased members, Amarnath victims

Two Rajya Sabha MP – former Union minister Anil Madhav Dave and Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy – died during the interregnum period after the budget session. Sitting Gurdaspur Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna, too, passed away during that period.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2017 1:18 pm
parliament, rajya sabha, lok sabha, monsoon session, parliament monsoon session, amarnath attack Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after giving obituary to former members and victims of Amarnath terror attack. (Source: ANI photo)

Both houses of Parliament were on Monday adjourned until Tuesday after making obituary references to members who passed away recently and to victims of Amarnath Yatra terror attack in which seven people were killed.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari read the obituary references to sitting and former members of the house and described their losses as irreparable. The members stood in silence for two minutes as a mark of respect for the departed souls. Ansari also condemned the “cowardly and senseless” July 10 Amarnath Yatra attack in south Kashmir that left eight pilgrims dead. He expressed grief over a tragic accident on the Jammu-Srinagar highway that left 16 Amarnath pilgrims and many others injured on Sunday. Ansari also mourned the loss of lives in many states in floods. The Chairman later adjourned the house till 11 am on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while making the obituary references, also condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims and described it as a “cowardly” act. On its first day of the monsoon session, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty took oath as members of Lok Sabha. While Farooq won the Srinagar seat by-poll, Kunhalikutty registered victory from Malappuram constituency. Abdullah took oath in Kashmiri, while Kunhalikutty preferred English.

Two Rajya Sabha MPs – former Union minister for Environment and Forest Anil Madhav Dave and Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy – died during the interregnum period after the budget session. Sitting Gurdaspur Lok Sabha member and actor Vinod Khanna too passed away during that period. Khanna passed away in April at the age of 70. Dave (60) passed away in May. The Monsoon Session began Monday and will continue till August 11.

In the subsequent sittings in both Houses, the Opposition is likely to take on the government over lynching incidents and cow vigilantism, Kashmir situation and the border stand-off with China. A total of 16 new bills are slated to be introduced in both the houses for consideration and passage.

Minutes before the session started, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped that the success of GST or Goods and Services Tax will prevail in the session. “Jaise varsha nayi sugandh mitti mein bharti hai vaise hi monsoon satr GST ki safal varsha ke karan nai umang se bhara hoga,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying by ANI. “The GST spirit is about ‘growing stronger together’. I hope the same GST spirit prevails in the session.”
PM Modi also said GST was a good example of the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

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  1. A
    Jul 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm
    No surprise that PM has declared GST rollout a success even before the problems/opinions from the traders who face it has come in.According to jaitley it is a very EASY tax.However traders are having to enroll in coaching classes costing around RS 5000 to understand it's workings and how they are supposed to follow it.The course gives out a handbook on GST of 700 pages for students to read after they have attended the lectures.From this ,one can see it really is easy.Depends on how you define easy! Govt has imposed new taxes quitely through this GST.GST essentially replaces multiple taxes with one tax.So if a certain activity didn't attract anyvtac before it should not attract GST.However suddenly whole new areas /activities are being taxed.This must be the" ease of doing business"bit of BJP manifesto.Every economist of note has denounced demonetisation as a self goal.However govt continues to claim success.It hasn't stopped terrorist funding,fake 2000 notes have in...Don't overtax.
    1. d
      Jul 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm
      An unnecessary waste of resources, does anybody realize how much it costs to run parliament for one day
      1. P
        p g
        Jul 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm
        Should the parliment be closed for the full day. ????????????? After paying their respects, why can't the parliment function ??????????????????????????????Money being poured down the drain.
        1. A
          Jul 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm
          Seems they look for a holiday on any excuse.Since most members are in 60 to 80 bracket,somebody is bound to pass away and I suppose Parliament will close in respect.Wonder ,what if we were at war?However there are pressing problems needing urgent attention,Sikkim situation,kasmir situation,Assam situation,farmer unrest,cow lynching...and they decide to take day off. Paid Ofcourse.
        2. H
          Jul 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm
          Our respected MPs need one excuse or the other to do nothing. So many people have lost their lives just to make our politicians sit back into their homes after adjourning the house, that too on the very first day of monsoon session?? Dear MPs show your sympathy and commitment to the cause of these lost souls of India, not by holidays, but debating the issues of national importance, with doubled up enthusiasm and a patriotic passion with boiling blood to serve the country, brothers! Had you still been adjourning the house, if the country was reeling under war. ? No! But remember, situation is not much different than war..a war against separatism in Bengal, Tripura and Kashmir, external Chinese threat to tilt geopolitics in Bhutan, inequalities of cast, religion and wealth, poverty and suicide of farmers, extremism, natural calamities, northeast flood, stalled industrial growth, NPAs of banks, deteriorating law and order, environment degradation and hidden corruption. You hav poor record
          1. H
            Jul 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm
            You already have a poor record of attendance in the form of effective number of working days for legislative deliberations in the Indian parliament. We people have elected and sent you there to work for the country and create suitable policy formulation and law making on all these burning issues through which country is passing today and not for resting at home by holiday making on the excuse of sympathy to the dead. Of course we all mourn our fellow people died recently. But the true and real sympathy to them shall be incessant work to raise the living standards of those who are left living without their dear ones. Please, for God's sake, wake up from this hypocrisy and don't befool people of India. Show accountability by your deeds not by sermons.
          2. I
            Jul 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm
            Its good that departed souls of honorable members and the victims of Kashmir terror attack is mourned but the departed souls of several other victims of cow terrorism is ignored because they belong to Muslim community so their lives don't matter. Ignoring the victims of cow terrorism government shows its biased nature which may prove detrimental for nation in the long run. Down with injustice!
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