The Lok Sabha was adjourned for a day on December 14 as the government countered Congress over AgustaWestland chopper scam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present throughout in the Lower House until it was adjourned. The House will now meet on December 15.
While this was so, the Rajya Sabha, after presenting a bill, was adjourned till 2pm after Congress MP Anand Sharma handed over a notice under rule 267 in the Rajya Sabha for discussion on MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju’s alleged involvement in the hydro scam issue in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Rajya Sabha also took up discussion on Chennai cyclone, with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informing the members that action to mitigate the impact of the cyclone was taken beforehand in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing the media after coming out of Parliament,Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said the party has reliable information that the Prime Minister himself is embroiled in graft. “We wanted to reveal this information in the House, but we are not being allowed to, for if I speak, Modi’s balloon will burst. He is scared of precisely that.” Leaders of other opposition parties were also present at the impromptu press conference.
Gandhi asked, “Why am I not allowed to speak in Parliament. It is our right to speak in the Lok Sabha. Though the Opposition is ready to have unconditional discussion, Modi doesn’t want us to speak in Parliament.”
Earlier, the government chalked out a strategy to prevent Gandhi from speaking first on demonetisation debate. This was done with an objective to keep him off the mike as Gandhi had announced that he had information with him, which will cause an ‘earthquake’ in Parliament.
It may be noted the Winter Session, which will conclude on November 16, may practically turn out into a washout what with the Opposition and Treasury Benches not allowing the other breathing space.
Both Houses continued to be remain deadlocked over the way a debate should take place on demonetisation. Ever since the session began, the Lok Sabha managed to pass only the Income Tax Amendment Bill and clear the Supplementary Demand for Grants.