Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 19
As expected, the Monsoon Session of the Lok Sabha kicked off on a noisy note after Opposition members refused to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce new ministers in the House.
Setting the mood for the sittings to come, Opposition members started protesting loudly soon after the PM got up to speak, forcing him to table the list.
The Prime Minister, on his part, said that perhaps the Opposition members did not like the fact that he was trying to introduce women, and SC, ST, OBC ministers in the House.
"I thought they would be happy that such a large number of women, SC/ST, OBC, and members representing farmers have been made ministers. Maybe they do not like this, that is why they are not allowing me to speak," the PM said while Speaker Om Birla tried to reason out with the Opposition to maintain peace and allow the PM to introduce the new ministers.
Earlier, Modi again appealed to lawmakers to participate in the Parliament proceedings and work together with the government to make the Monsoon session commencing on Monday a productive and constructive one.
"The government is ready to answer all questions. The people of the country are waiting for answers from the government.
"The government is ready with the answers. Please ask us tough questions, ask again and again, but also give us time to respond in a peaceful manner," the PM said addressing media ahead of the session in which Opposition leaders are planning to raise issues related to fuel prices, inflation, Covid management and farmers' agitation.
Many political parties are also planning to raise the issue related to a report on alleged use of a spyware to spy on several Indians.
The PM said he had told floor leaders of parties that he would like to give them detailed information on Covid management.
*The Lok Sabha makes obituary references to the sitting and former Lok Sabha MPs and also condoles the death of Milkha Singh and Dilip Kumar.
*Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says it is for the first time in his 24 years of parliamentary career that he has seen this kind of behaviour by Congress MPs.
*The kind of unhealthy behaviour by Congress MPs is deplorable and condemnable, Singh says, while Opposition MPs protest, also demand the withdrawal of "three black farm laws".
*Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid Opposition ruckus.
*Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time until 3.30 pm, after opposition MPs ente the Well creating ruckus and demanding repeal of farm laws. Rajendra Agarwal, presiding officer’s appeals at restraint do not yield results.
*Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after 3 adjournments.
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