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Both Houses Adjourned Till Tomorrow Amid Opposition Protests Over Pegasus, Farm Laws

Members protest in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (LSTV/PTI)

Members protest in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (LSTV/PTI)

Both the Houses will resume on Thursday at 11am.

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the fifth time on Wednesday as Opposition members created a ruckus in the House while protesting over the Pegasus row and other issues. When the House reassembled at 3 pm, it took up supplementary demand for grants and appropriation bills which were approved without debate. Amid the din, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved that the Bills be passed.

Soon thereafter, Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the chair, adjourned the House till 4 pm. As the Lok Sabha met in the morning, the House took up Question Hour amid continued slogan-shouting by Opposition members. Opposition protest intensified post noon and Congress members were seen throwing papers at the Chair and Treasury benches while protesting against Pegasus snooping row and other issues, following which the House was adjourned for about 20 minutes till 12:30 pm. Thereafter, it was adjourned repeatedly as Opposition members continued their protest over the snooping controversy and the three farm laws.

Rajya Sabha proceedings were also adjourned again, the third time till 2:45 pm, amid continued protests and sloganeering by Opposition members over the Pegasus snooping row, farm laws and price rise. The House was first adjourned till 12 noon and then till 2 pm. As soon as the House resumed at 2:00 pm after lunch, BJP member Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was in the Chair, called the Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani to move The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 for the consideration of the House.

Even as the minister briefed the House about the Bill, Opposition members continued raising slogans. She spoke till 2:15 pm. Opposition members refused to relent despite repeated request by Chair to go back to their seats and allow the Bill to be passed as it concerns children. Kalita then adjourned the House for half an hour till 2:45 pm.

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first published:July 28, 2021, 08:40 IST