Lok Sabha proceedings disrupted again
The Opposition on Wednesday forced adjournments in the Lok Sabha over price rise and GST rate, demanding a debate on the issues in the House.
The House was first adjourned soon after it convened at 11 am and later at 12 noon, following the laying of parliamentary papers on the table of the House.
As the Speaker concluded his remarks by highlighting cordial relations between India and Mozambique and calling for the Question Hour, opposition members trooped into the Well, carrying anti-government placards and shouting slogans.
Birla appealed to the members to go back to their seats and cooperate in running the House.
The opposition also demanded the revocation of the order suspending four MPs.
Congress MPs Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, T N Prathapan and S Jothimani were on Monday suspended for rest of the session for staging protests and carrying placards inside the House.
He said carrying placards and shouting slogans inside the House was not allowed.
"Such improper (ashobhaniya) behavior is not good. You should take part in the debate. This is not good for democracy as well as individually for you. Otherwise, I will have to use the rules framed by you," he said.
The Speaker said people and the assemblies in the country were watching what was happening in this House.
Joshi, who is also the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has returned after recovering from an illness and the government was ready for a debate on price rise on Wednesday itself.
''The opposition does not want to participate in the debate and that is why they are staging protests. Some of the opposition-ruled states did not even reduce taxes on fuel and hence, want to run away from the debate," Joshi said.
As the opposition members continued the protest, the Speaker adjourned the House till 12 noon after about 20 minutes of proceedings. Similar scenes were witnessed at noon and BJP member Kirit Solanki, who was in the chair, adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.
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