Cong, BJP members scuffle in LS

Cong, BJP members scuffle in LS
Lok Sabha witnessed protests by Opposition MPs who stormed the well raising slogans.
NEW DELHI, MAR 2 | Publish Date: 3/2/2020 12:25:36 PM IST

 Oppn protests against Delhi violence, demands Shah’s resignation

BJP and Congress members pushed and shoved each other in Lok Sabha as Parliament was on Monday rocked by protests against the Modi government over the communal violence in Delhi, with the opposition demanding resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
  Relentless opposition members, which included those from the Congress, DMK, the Left and the TMC, forced repeated adjournments in Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha after Parliament met following over three-week recess in the Budget Session.
The government managed to introduce a few bills in the two Houses amid the din but that was the only bit of listed transaction carried out as an aggressive opposition, whose slogan-shouting members were in Well, refused to return to their seats.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the central government “slept” when violence rocked Delhi for three days. In Lok Sabha, a charge by Congress members Gaurav Gogoi and Ravneet Singh Bittu, who held a black banner seeking Shah’s resignation, towards the treasury benches when BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal was speaking sparked a melee as several members of the ruling party rushed forward.
Members of the two sides pushed and shoved each other and later lodged separate complaints with Speaker Om Birla acccusing the rival party MPs of misbehaviour. Birla first adjourned the House till 3 pm before two more adjournments were announced. The Speaker finally adjourned Lok Sabha till Tuesday after expressing his pain at the developments during the day.
“I am personally pained at the developments in the House. You are not pained. I do not want to run proceedings under such circumstances.... Everybody should deliberate to ensure that the dignity of the House is maintained.” 
Opposition members started raising slogans from the Well against the government as soon as the House met at 2 pm after suspension of its proceedings in the first half as a mark of respect for JD(U) member Baidyanath Prasad Mahto, who died on February 28.  They went into the area of treasury benches carrying a black banner, which demanded Shah’s resignation, as Speaker Om Birla took up the listed business.
Things took a turn for worse as Gogoi and Bittu went to the treasury benches where Jaiswal was speaking on ‘Vivaad Se Vishwas’ Bill. Jaiswal was speaking from the fourth row, and the Congress members’ charge deep into the area earmarked for the treasury benches resulted in several backbencher MPs of the ruling party rushing to the front.  Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi condemned their “unruly behaviour” and asked the Speaker to continue with proceedings.
Joshi alleged that “these are the people” who have provoked the riots. “They murdered 3,000 people in 1984 (riots) and did no investigation. The priority is to restore peace... but they want to create tension,” he said. The Upper House was adjourned first till 2 pm and then for the day after opposition MPs remained on their feet shouting slogans and accusing the government of failing in its duty during the Delhi riots.


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