Parliament monsoon session Highlights: Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned on Monday, four days before their scheduled completion of session. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the house sine die, stating it met for 16 days wherein seven legislations were passed. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, whose tenure ends on August 10, adjourned the Upper House sine die, stating that detailed statistics of the session will be circulated during the course by the Rajya Sabha secretariat.
Outgoing Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday stated, “I tell all sides, respect democracy” as IUML MP Abdul Wahab urged him to tell the Bharatiya Janata Party to ensure a democratic atmosphere in India.
Bidding farewell to Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, “You (Naidu) have always said that you have retired from politics but are not tired of public life… Your term in the office may be coming to an end but your experiences will continue to guide the nation for years to come”. Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, stated that though they may have different ideologies, he thanks Naidu for carrying out his responsibilities even under pressure.
The Congress party, meanwhile, has hit out at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over its summons to Kharge. Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh issued a statement saying, “…in matters, issuing of summons by ED or any law-enforcing agencies to any MP much less the Leader of Opposition when Parliament is in session, is an outright affront to the sacred institution of Parliament and Parliamentarians.” He added, “it is high time that the presiding officers of both Houses may deliberate and ensure that such gross affronts on Parliament and MPs do not recur.”