The fourth day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament may meet a similar fate as opposition again appears to be geared up to continue raising contentious issues which dominated first three days of the parliamentary proceedings.
When the parliamentary proceedings started on the fourth day (Thursday), the opposition in the Lok Sabha also raised the misuse of central agencies in the wake of summoning Senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi over the National Herald case by the ED, however, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Josh tried to clear the air, saying everybody is equal before the law.
Amid sloganeering by the opposition leader the proceedings were adjourned for some time in the Lok Sabha. Similarly, Rajya Sabha was also adjourned till noon, minutes after the house proceedings began for the day.
First three days of the session were marred by the ruckus over inflation and GST by the opposition leaders. No business could take place and the sitting of both the Houses had to be adjourned.
Third day witnessed a lot of disruptions, adjournments and uproar, and the proceedings were stalled without much of the business.
In the meantime, a few senior ministers have asked the opposition leaders to follow norms so that things could move on as, tentatively 32 bill are likely to be produced during the session.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha again began at 4 pm after two adjournments. Members of several opposition parties, including the Congress party, raised slogans in the house demanding a discussion on the issue of inflation.
Presiding Officer Midhun Reddy appealed to the opposition members shouting slogans near the plinth to return to their seats, but the members ignored him and the sloganeering continued. Seeing the noise in the house, Reddy announced the adjournment of the proceedings till 11 am on Thursday.
Angered by the conduct of the members, Lok Sabha Speaker Birla bluntly told that the House is for discussion, not for sloganeering. He said that the members who create a ruckus are bringing down the dignity of the House.
On the other hand, the uproar of the opposition members in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of inflation continued unabated. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu tried to convince the members, but it did not affect the members’ raising slogans. Naidu first announced the adjournment of the meeting till 2 pm.
The sloganeering continued in the house even after the proceedings started at 2 pm after the lunch break but had to be adjourned till Thursday.
On the third day of the session, legendary athlete from Kerala PT Usha took oath in Hindi as a new member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the parliament.
On the third day, several opposition leaders were seen holding up packets of milk, curd and buttermilk while shouting slogans.
On the third day of the session, in the Lok Sabha, the Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022 was meant for consideration and passing. Similarly, in the Rajya Sabha, the Weapons of Mass Destruction & their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022 was to be considered and passed, which was moved by the external affairs minister S Jaishankar a day earlier. The bill was first introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 5, 2022 and passed on April 6,2022.
Similarly, the Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 1, 2022. The Bill seeks to give effect to the Antarctic Treaty, the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. It also seeks to protect the Antarctic environment and regulate activities in the region.