After weeklong stalemate, Parliament adjourned till Monday

New Delhi: Parliament was adjourned on Friday till Monday within minutes of sitting as ruling BJP members continued to clash with the Opposition over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s speeches and demanded his apology for comments on Indian democracy and Parliament.
Both the Houses of Parliament witnessed familiar scenes, BJP members shouting for apology by Gandhi before allowing the Opposition to take up any other issue and the Opposition parties repeating their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe Adani Group’s alleged financial irregularities and manipulation of stock market.
The Lok Sabha sat for a little more than 20 minutes and its proceedings appeared muted within a few minutes of a noisy start. Treasury benches started sloganeering demanding Gandhi’s apology, while members from the Congress, DMK and others came into the well demanding a JPC into the Adani Group matter. Trinamul Congress, NCP and other opposition party members were on their feet.
The Rajya Sabha had less than 20 minutes of proceedings during which Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar rejected all 11 notices for suspension of business under Rule 267.
The notices referred to the members’ demand for a JPC probe in to allegations of corporate fraud and stock market manipulation against the Adani Group and the Government’s “questionable” role in promoting its business interests. There was a demand to discuss the Hindenburg report on the business group.
Members of Congress, AAP and other political parties trooped into the well of the House raising the demand for the constitution of a JPC on the issue. Other members of Opposition parties including the Trinamul Congress, DMK and Left were on their feet.
Treasury benches countered the Opposition by reiterating their demand for Gandhi’s apology. The Chairman adjourned the proceedings for the day, even as he was referring to a point of order by Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge.

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