Tribune press service
New Delhi, August 2
Debates in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were affected on Monday as opposition MPs continued their protests against farmers ‘issues and Pegasus’ spy line.
Lok Sabha President Om Birla expressed anguish over the functioning of the House affected due to continued protests from opposition MPs. He said public money worth crore was wasted due to the non-functioning of Lok Sabha.
âFor the past two weeks, there have been regular interruptions of proceedings. Crores are spent to ensure that there is a debate in the House … I again urge the protesting members to cooperate in the proper functioning of the House, âhe said. Opposition MPs, however, continued to protest in the well, holding up signs.
Birla, who tried to make Question Time last for 30 minutes amid the pandemonium, called on protesting members to return to their seats, saying he would give them plenty of time and opportunity to express their views .
Although the operation of Rajya Sabha also continued to be marred by unrest due to opposition protests, President M Venkaiah Naidu led the House to congratulate badminton ace PV Sindhu on winning a bronze medal at the Games. Tokyo Olympics.
However, members of the opposition began to launch slogans against the government soon after. Before adjourning the debates until noon, Naidu said he was ready to consider a discussion of farmers’ problems, provided members do not disrupt debates and cooperate, which MPs from the opposition did not take into account.
Opposition MPs did not give in, even when the House met at noon, forcing the Deputy Speaker to adjourn proceedings again.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh today called on the opposition to cooperate in leading parliament. Sources said Rajnath today called on opposition leader Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and TMC leader in Lok Sabha Sudeep Bandopadhyay to seek support for the proper functioning of parliament.
Naidu praises the Sindhu
With her performance, (PV) Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian woman to win 2 Olympic medals and that too in successive editions. – Venkaiah Naidu,
Crores are spent to ensure that there is debate in the House …. I again urge protesting members to cooperate in the proper functioning of the House. – Om Birla, LS speaker