Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned on the third day of functioning, today, after the Opposition parties and NDA allies protested about the alleges corruption in the Rafale deal, Cauvery river water issue and Ram temple. For the consecutive second day, these three issues rocks the Parliament proceedings.
As soon as the Question Hour began after paying tributes to martyrs of the 2001 Parliament attack, members from the Congress, TDP and AIADMK rushed to the well raising slogans in the Lok Sabha. Demanding a law on construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Shiv Sena members were seen holding placards in the aisle.
TDP member Venkateswara Rao (Babu) used a mike installed in the Well for the oath of a new member to prop up a poster seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh. A Lok Sabha secretariat staffer tried to convince him not to use the mike.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar too tried to convince him to keep down the mike. The TDP member’s action invited the ire of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who warned him that he will be named. Once a member is named, he or she has to leave the House chamber.
The Speaker then adjourned the House for nearly 10 minutes till 11.20 am. When the House assembled again, Mahajan reminded the members that they can raise issues under various rules. Apparently referring to the Lok Sabha polls due in 2019, she said it was a “crucial time” and members should use it to raise issues related to the public.
During the zero hour, NDA ally Shiv Sena raised the Ram temple issue in the Lok Sabha and demanded that the government bring an ordinance to pave the way for its construction in Ayodhya. Shiv Sena’s Anand Rao Adsul also reminded the BJP about its promise on Ram temple made in the 2014 election manifesto.