Live updates from the Parliamentary Budget Session 2023
Budget Session 2023 in Parliament: Disruptions have disturbed proceedings in Parliament, with the BJP demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi arrived at Parliament House after returning from a trip to the United Kingdom. Rahul assured reporters, “I didn’t say anything anti-India, and I’ll speak before the legislature if they let me”. The Congress leader’s statements in London that India’s democracy is under attack sparked outrage in the country, with the ruling party accusing him of ‘criticizing’ the country.
The disruptions in Parliament have been caused by the BJP’s demand for an apology from Rahul. Meanwhile, the opposition has been protesting the government over the allegations against the Adani Group. With opposition MPs claiming their voices are being muzzled in Parliament, Trinamool Congress MPs stormed the Rajya Sabha Wells with clothes tied around their mouths. Both houses were adjourned until 2 p.m. amid the commotion.
To draw attention away from the Adani situation, the Government, according to the Congress party, is stirring up a commotion in the House by pushing Rahul for an apology. “They (BJP) won’t let the session continue whenever Congress raises the demand for a JPC probe into the Adani issue to divert attention. The BJP is afraid that someone will bring Gautam Adani’s name up in Parliament,” said Congress leader Pawan Khera to reporters.
The demand for which the opposition is protesting today, according to Congress national chief Mallikarjun Kharge, is the same as it was yesterday.”We have a request for JPC that the government won’t meet. So we formed a human chain today. Why are they afraid of the JPC when they have a majority? “He remarked at 2 pm.
Earlier at 1.30 pm, Members of the Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi, the NCP’s Farooq Abdullah, and the Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge were all spotted at a demonstration outside Parliament.
I did not make an anti-India speech, but I will speak to Parliament regarding that if allowed,” senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi told reporters at 1.15 p.m.
Earlier in the morning, Lok Sabha proceedings were interrupted for the fourth straight day, with the House barely operating for five minutes before postponing for the day. Members of the Treasury and Opposition chanted slogans at each other, stormed the House, and caused a commotion, bringing up the Adani issue and Rahul Gandhi’s democracy remark.
Shortly after proceedings began, the House rescheduled until 2 p.m. There was uproar as BJP MPs demanded an explanation from Rahul Gandhi for his statements about democracy being under threat in India, Congress-led Opposition MPs demanded a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on the Hindenburg report on the Adani Group, and TMC MPs protested not being allowed to speak inside the House by covering their mouths with black cloths.
The second half of the Budget session, which began on Monday, has been filled with raucous scenes, with neither side showing any signs of backing down. According to sources, the BJP will continue its offensive against Rahul Gandhi for the rest of the week.
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