The he first day of monsoon session began today on stormy note in Rajya Sabha while the Lok Sabha was adjourned following obituary references. The Rajya Sabha, which continued till afternoon, was later adjourned for the day after four disruptions caused by the uproar following the Congress’ demand for action against foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for her links with Lalit Modi.
In Lok Sabha speaker Sumatra Mahajan announced the acceptance of resignation of Warangal MP Kadiaym Srihari, who quit Lok Sabha following his induction into state cabinet by chief minister KCR.
While Congress senior member Ananda Sharma raised the issues of Lalit Modi-gate and demanded a discussion on the issue in Upper House, V Hanumantha Rao, Congress member from Telangana, displayed banner seeking removal Sushma Swaraj from cabinet which threw the house into a din forcing the chair to adjourn the House. The following is timeline of parliament session today.
3:17 pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned fourth time and for the day, following uproar over the Lalit Modi issue.
1:30 pm: Leading the opposition protests, Congress members forced three adjournments in the pre—lunch session making both Question Hour and Zero Hour a casualty, even as Leader of the House Arun Jaitley offered an immediate discussion and said Swaraj could make a statement on the issue.
1:25 pm: BJP’s national spokesman M.J. Akbar, who won the Rajya Sabha bypolls from Jharkhand earlier this month, took oath as a Rajya Sabha Member today.
The bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of K D Singh after he left Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and joined Trinamool Congress.
Akbar, whose term will expire next year, had defeated Haji Hussain Ansari of the JMM by 19 votes.
1:10 pm: Leader of the House Arun Jaitely says the government is ready for a discussion and Ms. Swaraj would also make a statement on the issue.
1:05 pm: Jaitley says the government gets a distinct and clear impression that Opposition wants disturbance, they don’t want a discussion
1:00 pm: Govt. is ready for discussion in any format, at any time: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Lalit Modi controversy.
12:20 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes after uproar over Lalit Modi issue.
11:30 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m. Opposition raises Lalit Modi issue, troops into well of House.
11:27 am: Congress MP Hanumanth Rao raises banner seeking Sushma Swaraj’s removal in Rajya Sabha.
11:23 am: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after obituary references.
11:20 am: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after obituary references.
11:15 am: Just at the start of the session, the Congress has started targeting Modi’s NDA government over the Lalit Modi issue. “All Modi’s promises over transparency and accountability are being questioned. Government changes but not laws. A minister told UK government to sanction Lalit Modi’s travel document’s over some humanitarian grounds,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
11:00 am: Obituary references read in both Houses of Parliament.
11:00 am: Monsoon session of Parliament begins.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also informed the House that TRS member from Warangal in Telangana Kadiyam Srihari had resigned on June 11 and she has accepted his resignation