Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 3
Divisions in Congress strategy in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha came to the fore on Wednesday with the Lok Sabha remaining disrupted over demand for discussion on farmers’ issues but the Rajya Sabha proceeding with a debate on the Motion of Thanks on President’s address.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister said in Lok Sabha which was adjourned for the third time until 7 pm that the opposition flipped after first agreeing to discuss the President’s debate.
“Just as we reached a consensus to award 15 hours for the President’s address debate in Rajya Sabha, we arrived at a similar consensus for Lok Sabha also. Both I and the Speaker spoke to opposition leaders before the LS started today and there was an agreement to first discuss the President’s address which is a priority. The opposition agreed in the meetings to start the debate and they have now flipped. We do not know why,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said after LS proceedings were disrupted amid opposition slogans and storming of the well.
The Congress led opposition sought repeal of farm laws and raised “take back black laws” slogans.
LS Speaker Om Birla’s appeals to let the question hour run did not cut ice.
Earlier Congress MP Manish Tewari and several other opposition MPs moved adjournment notices to discuss farmers issues.
The notices were disallowed.
In RS, Ghulam nabai Azad and Anand Sharma, both part of the dissenting group of Congressmen who earlier sought radical reforms in the party organization, are the party’s floor leaders in RS.