NEW DELHI: Proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were disrupted on Monday amid protests by opposition members over rising fuel prices on the first day of the second leg of the Budget session.
When Lok Sabha was reconvened at 7pm after an adjournment, the Chair allowed discussion on the issue of women empowerment on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The discussion continued for about 20 minutes amid continued protests by opposition members, leading to adjournment of the House for the day.
In Rajya Sabha, Congress MPs raised slogans demanding discussion on rising fuel prices. “Petrol and diesel prices are nearly Rs 100 per litre and Rs 80 per litre, respectively. LPG prices have also gone up. Rs 2 lakh crore have been collected by putting excise duty/cess, because of this entire country including farmers are suffering,” leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said.
The House was first adjourned for around an hour at 10am after a small discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day as Congress members started raising slogans. However, the ruckus continued when it resumed at 11am, prompting deputy chair man Harivansh to again adjourn the House till 1pm.
After 1pm, the House again saw successive adjournments over the same issue before it was finally adjourned for the day at 1.30pm by Vandana Chavan, who was in the Chair.
Before that though, Chavan announced that the Upper House will meet at its normal time of 11am to 6pm from Tuesday. The timings were changed to 9am to 2pm from last year’s monsoon session due to the pandemic. The revised timings continued during the first leg of the Budget session. The members will be seated in the chamber and the galleries only with some distancing, Chavan said.