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Government, Opposition, spar in Parliament: Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha temporarily adjourned

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 19, Jul 2017, 13:13 pm IST | UPDATED: 19, Jul 2017, 13:20 pm IST

Government, Opposition, spar in Parliament: Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha temporarily adjourned New Delhi: The third day of parliament's Monsoon session started on a stormy  note as well, with both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha being temporarily adjourned amid uproar.

In one of the shortest sessions, where the legislative business includes at least 20 bills, the opposition took on the government over multiple issues. Rajya Sabha, where a discussion was to be held on the increasing incidences of mob violence and lynchings, was adjourned till 2 pm after noisy protests.

Members of Opposition parties consistently raised the issues of mob lynching and agrarian crisis on the third day of the Monsoon Session on Wednesday in both houses of the Parliament.

The issues of Indian hostages in Mosul, cow vigilantism, Indian-China border standoff were also raised by the lawmakers.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari will move the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2017 in the Rajya Sabha and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar will move the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the lower house.

SWP MP Raju Shetti says the pertinent issue of farmers are loan waiver and demand of MSP for their crop. “Is it crime to ask for these demands.. Are they terrorist that they are being shot by police,” he asks.

BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab brings up the need for different time zones in the country during the Question hour. He says it will save electricity and ensure maximum utilisation of daylight hours.

Kerala MPs in Lok Sabha raise the condition of nurses in the state.

Mulayam Singh Yadav raises the issue of India-China border standoff.

Senior Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh raised the issue of farmers' protests in Delhi's Jantar Mantar. "The entire country is in a mess and protesting the situation in the agricultural sector," he said.

Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of failing to control cross-border firing from Pakistan. "You all saw yesterday how Pakistani shelling targeted schools across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The Central and state governments have both failed miserably to tackle the situation," he said.  

The government had sought the opposition's cooperation in passing around two dozen bills in the session, which will have only 20 sittings.

But a united Opposition - a block of 18 parties -- identified several issues to target the government with. The list includes the impact of the flagship Goods and Services Tax, PM Modi's shock decision to ban high-denomination notes last year, and what they called the government's "political vendetta" through criminal cases against opposition leaders like Lalu Yadav.

The chaos comes a day after Dalit powerhouse Mayawati resigned in protest after deputy chairman P J Kurien asked her to cut short her speech on atrocities against Dalits. Her three-page resignation letter, however, will not be accepted as she did not follow House procedure.
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