Updates on the 2023 Parliamentary Budget Session
Opposition lawmakers marched on Vijay Chowk and chanted “Modi Adani bhai, bhai” outside Parliament
Congress members protested Rahul Gandhi’s exclusion from the Lok Sabha by dressing in all black in the House of Representatives.
Live updates from Parliament’s Budget Session 2023 on March 27: The Lok Sabha postponed until 4 p.m. on Monday, seconds after it began, due to unruly scenes in which Congress MPs threw papers at the Chair.
Rajya Sabha was also suspended until 2:00 p.m.
After the adjournment, the leaders of the INC marched to Vijay Chowk in the presence of Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Manickam Tagore.
They demonstrated against a variety of issues, including Gandhi’s disqualification and the JPC-Adani squabble, and chanted, “Yeh dadagiri band karo, yeh Modi-giri band karo.”
Rajya Sabha LoP Mallikarjun Kharge again attacked Prime Minister Modi verbally by asking, “Why are you concerned about a JPC in Adani? Why are you afraid when you have a two-thirds majority in Parliament? This indicates that something is wrong”.
Previously, MPs from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Left, and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) wore black alongside Congress members. Members of the Trinamool Congress wore black bands around their mouths. MPs waved banners reading ‘Jago ED’ and ‘ED Modani Bhai Bhai’.
In Parliament, the opposition wears black to send a “collective powerful message.”
“They make a decision that results in disqualification when we speak outside. I’ll show them my black watch and tell them that your time is up and that democracy will return to the nation after 2024 when we sit in protest in black clothes in front of these people who butcher democracy. With a 3/4 majority, the opposition would form a government, “Pramod Tiwari, a Congress MP, agrees.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha files a disqualification business notice under Rule 267 in the Rajya Sabha, citing “the governing dispensation’s attempts to crush political opponents through foolish criminal cases all over the country, nullifying them as elected representatives and putting prominent leaders from the opposing party inside bars in a bid to silence the voice of the opposition.”
Additionally, Congress has been pushing for Gandhi to be allowed to address the House while the BJP has been attacking him for allegedly making anti-Indian remarks in London. The Lok Sabha passed the Demands for Grants for Budget 2023-24 and the Appropriation Bill without debate last week, despite the standoff in Parliament, which has seen repetitive postponements and mass demonstrations from both sides.