Parliament witnesses continued disruptions over Lalit gate; LS Speaker warns members of disciplinary action

lead to adjournments.

New Delhi, July 22: Even as both the houses of Parliament witnessed continued disruptions on Wednesday over the Lalit Modi controversy, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan warned lawmakers of disciplinary action as opposition protest against government lead to adjournments.

According to reports, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon amid massive opposition uproar over the Lalit Modi controversy. Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily moved an adjournment motion in the lower house over the issue.

Kharge told media: “We have moved an adjournment motion, let us see whether the speaker is going to permit us to discuss. We are also seeking resignation of Sushma Swaraj ji, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.”

Kharge further said: “We want to enlighten the people of the country how things are going, on one side they are telling about clean government and on the other they are not behaving as per their promise.”

Meanwhile, the Congress party’s silent protest at the Gandhi Statue in the Parliament over the Vyapam scam has also been postponed.

The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned four times on Tuesday, as the Congress continued to insist on the resignation of the Swaraj for her alleged involvement in helping Lalit Modi.

The government on Tuesday made it clear that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was ready to make a statement in Parliament on allegations against her on facilitating Lalit Modi`s travel documents.

The Opposition, mainly the Congress, has been demanding resignation of Raje, Swaraj and MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a demand which has been spurned by the ruling dispensation.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is Leader of the Upper House, had said government offered that the issue can be discussed in the House with Swaraj making a statement on it, but the opposition rejected it.

“We get a distinct and clear impression that the opposition wants disturbance for some time. They don’t want a discussion. The government is publicly declaring, as we have in the House, that we are ready for a discussion in any format, at any time,” he told reporters after Rajya Sabha was adjourned repeatedly over the issue.

Jaitley said the government offered that it was ready for a discussion on any issue but opposition rejected the offer.

(With Agency Inputs)


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