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.