The Government and the Opposition continued to clash in Parliament over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s UK speeches and Adani Group’s financial controversies, and let it adjourn without any business for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday.
The Government has been insisting for an apology by the Congress leader over his remarks on Indian democracy in the UK, while the Congress-led Opposition is stuck on its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into allegations of financial irregularities against the Adani Group.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha met for a few minutes in the morning and after adjournments at 2 pm. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked members to have order in the House and discuss issues of policy and public welfare but there was no peace.
Birla said Parliament was the temple of democracy and there should be no comments about it. He asked members to resume their seats, and offered to give them time to speak.
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said it was a serious matter that a member had gone abroad and spoken in disrespectful terms about the Indian Parliament. He repeated his plea that action be taken against members who carried placards in the House and that they should be suspended from the House.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned by Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar in a couple of minutes this morning as the Treasury Benches and the Opposition matched each other in slogan-shouting. In the afternoon, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House for the day in less than a few minutes of disorder created by members’ slogan-shouting.