Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Congress leader and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing committee on IT, Shashi Tharoor on Monday demanded a Supreme Court judge-monitored probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations and indicated that opposition parties would continue to disrupt Parliament’s proceedings until the government agrees to a debate on it. He alleged that it appears that the government used public money for snooping for its “selfish political interests”.
Speaking to reporters in the Parliament complex after the Lok Sabha was adjourned, Tharoor said, “We want the government to agree to a debate on the issue, but it is not ready. What we are saying is that if you (government) do not agree to this and answer our questions, then why we should allow you to transact your business.”
The Parliament session witnessed stormy scenes on Monday after the Opposition raised slogans and placards on the Pegasus snooping row and farmers’ issue. Both the Houses have now been adjourned for the day.
In Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), and other opposition parties rushed into the well of the House raising slogans against the government. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said members are being prevented from raising issues of public importance. “We are becoming helpless day by day,” he said. Lok Sabha ran for nearly 30 minutes taking up some questions during the Question Hour when Speaker Om Birla adjourned the proceedings till 2 PM amid the continuous din.