On Tuesday’s Parliament Monsoon Session the Lok Sabha witnessed acrimonious scenes over several issues including farmers’ plight and incidents involving cow vigilantes, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day. Earlier, the House was adjourned soon after it met in the morning, on the second day of the monsoon session. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise the plight of farmers but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow the issue to be discussed during the Question Hour. “Please raise your issues during Zero Hour,” Mahajan said. But the Congress, the Left, RJD and TMC members were on their feet. They started shouting slogans against the government and trooped near the Speaker’s podium holding placards in their hands.
RJD member Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav was heard raising the issue of misuse of central agencies to target political opponents. Amid the noisy scenes, Mahajan adjourned the House till 12 noon. The scene was no different when the House met again, with the opposition members rushing towards the Speaker’s podium to interrupt the proceeding. Some members were holding placards that read: “Gau mata to bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai” and “Vijay Mallya ko bhagaya, kisano ko rulaya.” BJP members from Karnataka, who earlier held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament House complex, were also seen holding placards.
They wanted to raise the issue of DIG (Prisons) D. Roopa, who was transferred by the Congress government in Karnataka after her expose on AIADMK leader V.S. Sasikala being provided special facilities and services inside Bengaluru prison. Amid the noisy scenes, the government introduced three bills. The bills introduced were the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017. After the bills were introduced, Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.