Lok Sabha adjourned for an hour as MPs sit in dharna in Rajya Sabha blocking seats

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 20

In a primary within the historical past of the Indian Parliament, a ruckus in Rajya Sabha on Sunday led to the adjournment within the Lok Sabha.

Soon because the Lok Sabha assembled at three pm at present, Opposition Congress demanded its adjournment saying the MPs allotted seats within the Rajya Sabha on account of the COVID protocols will be unable to sit down there attributable to a ‘dharna’ by some Rajya Sabha members.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in the end adjourned the House for an hour till four pm attributable to unavailability of seating for all MPs amid the Rajya Sabha ruckus even after the Upper House was adjourned round 1.30 pm after the passage of controversial farm payments.

On account of COVID protocols, each homes assemble at totally different instances lately to allow sufficient seats for MPs who’re mandated to observe the two-yard social distancing measure.

While the Rajya Sabha sits from 9 am to 1 pm each day, the LS sits from three pm to 7 pm.

But with TMC members sitting in dharna in Rajya Sabha at present to oppose the passage of farm payments there, Speaker Birla adjourned the Lok Sabha for an hour on the Opposition Congress’ request for the state of affairs in Rajya Sabha to normalise.

“Since the MPs of various parties have been allotted seats in Rajya Sabha, which is currently disrupted, we urge the chair to adjourn the Lok Sabha until Rajya Sabha situation normalises,” Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated, asking for a two-hour adjournment.

The Speaker, who earlier stated he would accommodate all MPs within the guests’ galleries and wouldn’t think about Rajya Sabha part of the Lok Sabha proceedings for the day, later conceded to Congress request for an adjournment.

The Speaker adjourned the House after first making an attempt to cause that the House has to take up a dialogue on COVID-19 at present and it was too vital a matter to be postponed.

Although Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi requested the Speaker to carry on to his earlier ruling of operating the home and accommodating MPs within the guests’ galleries, the Speaker Adhir Ranjan stated, “I am agreeing to you. The house is adjourned till 4 pm.”

This is the primary time in Parliamentary historical past that one home has needed to be adjourned not for ruckus therein however for ruckus within the different home.

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