For Congress, it’s the writing on the placard

Ignoring Speaker’s warning, MPs wave signs on ‘Modi meherban, Modi pehelwan’ and ‘56 inch’.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2015 7:42 am
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For the second day, Parliament was unable to function as the Opposition, rejecting the government’s offer of a debate, forced repeated adjournments demanding the removal first of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business for the second straight day. Meeting on its first working day this session, the Lok Sabha too was paralysed as Congress and Left members kept entering the well with placards despite Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s warning of disciplinary action. Both Houses adjourned for the day after 2 pm.

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Black bands on their arms, Congress members waved placards that read “Bade Modi meherban to chhote Modi pehelwan” (a reference to the Prime Minister and former IPL chief Lalit Modi) and “Modiji 56 inch dikhao, Sushma, Raje ko turant hatao” (Show your might by removing Swaraj and Raje). While leaders including Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashok Chavan and K C Venugopal and K V Thomas were spotted with black bands, Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Deb and Rajiv Satav marched to the well with placards.

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RJD and NCP members backed the Congress protest, watched by Sushma who was sitting in the front row of the treasury benches with ministers Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nitin Gadkari.

TRS members contributed to the uproar by raising the demand for a separate high court for Telangana.

The Speaker, who adjourned the proceedings after eight minutes, read out her observation when the House met at noon: “In the event of disorderly conduct, I would be constrained to initiate appropriate disciplinary action against erring members.” It provoked Opposition members who rushed to the well again. The CPM’s Mohammed Salim and M B Rajesh kept protesting even as the Speaker read out her observations. Scindia was seen directing some MPs to go to the treasury side of the well and they did so, led by Ranjeeta Ranjan. This forced the Speaker to adjourn the House for two hours. The House saw similar scenes when it met at 2 pm. Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai adjourned the House for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, the BSP’s Satish Chandra Misra, the SP’s Naresh Agarwal, the CPM’s Tapan Kumar Sen and the CPI’s D Raja said they had given notices under Rule 267 to suspend business to take up discussion on the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley asked the Opposition to specify the provision of law Swaraj had violated in allegedly trying to help Lalit Modi. Insisting on a discussion, he referred to allegations of financial irregularities against Congress chief ministers in Himachal, Puducherry and Kerala. When Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad proposed that some members who had given adjournment notices be allowed to speak, Jaitley questioned if such a practice could be allowed everyday.

The BSP’s Mayawati targeted the Prime Minister, saying the controversies had exposed those who had claimed “Na khaoonga, na khane doonga”.  The JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav said ministers whose names have come up in the controversies should resign. He recalled how he and BJP leader L K Advani had resigned after their names had come up in the Jain hawala case in the 1990s, until their names were cleared.

Rajiv Shukla of the Congress, the current IPL chairman, said the Lalit Modi issue was serious and the ministers should resign.

On the Vyapam scam, Jaitley said it was “squarely a state issue” and if the Opposition wanted to change the rule to “discuss state issues and set new precedents”, then issues relating to Kerala, Himachal and Assam should also be discussed. “So we will be fair to all states… If they want to discuss the issue relating to Sushma Swaraj, please start the discussion right now,” he said.

The CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said the Vyapam issue was not just restricted to one state as people linked to it had died even outside Madhya Pradesh under mysterious circumstances. The verbal duel continued, leading to a series of adjournments.

 

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    seshan
    Jul 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm
    chamchey of sonia congress
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      Raje
      Jul 22, 2015 at 3:26 pm
      Ok so you want answers for questions asked by Chidu... who himself has been very controversial as FM and HM during UPA's last tenure. Has the nation got any answers to uncountable questions of Congress Raj and corruption in last 55 years? because of this one party w nation is deep into corruption, dynasticism is growing and political survival instincts let gundas and illiterate people in parliament. All this could have been avoid, if g old party would have followed/set basic rules for everything
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        Saradha Sankar
        Jul 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm
        It is high time the speaker took some stern action against such unruly behaviour of MPs.She is the leader of the house and challenging her authority is not good.There are people like me who wish to watch some interesting debate.Unless these.noisy elements are reined in justice is not being done to the citizens
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          vijai
          Jul 23, 2015 at 12:54 am
          Opposotion's demand is within their rights.Feku should sack the tainted ministers if he wants Parliament to function.People of India other than stupid Bhakts,do want clean govts
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            Vikrant
            Jul 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm
            Lets discuss what is happening in West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka. Lives lost in these states need to be discussed too. Why not discuss the Shraddha scam too where millions of poors were looted. Also what about the Uttarakhand scam where government was busy looting the relief money meant or flood victims. We should discuss these in the Parliament too. We also want to know why Rajeev hi let the murderer of more than 2000 Indians in Bhopal get out on a State aircraft. Why Sonia hi help Mr Q and got his funds released. We would like to hear what Sonia hi has to say about the bilions she got from KGB and Saddam Hussain
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