Parliament highlights: Both houses adjourned, Mayawati says will quit for not allowing her to speak on Dalit atrocities
There was little work on the second day of monsoon session on Tuesday as both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned following protests by opposition parties.
Before the start of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he hopes all parties would discuss and take decisions in national interest as they did on Goods and Services Tax.
Top Congress leaders met under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi on Monday and deliberated on their strategy to raise issues of lynching incidents and vigilantism, the Kashmir situation and the border standoff with China.
Here are the highlights:
3.08pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11am on Tuesday as opposition parties continue protest.
2.08pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3pm amid uproar.
2.05pm: Deputy chairman PJ Kurien says he is ready for discussion but opposition leaders move to the Well of the House demanding apology from the government.
2.03pm: TMC leader Derek O’Brien says it was the ruling party members who disturbed the proceedings, not the opposition MPs. Deputy chairman PJ Kurien and leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely oppose.
2pm: Rajya Sabha resumes amid uproar.
12.50pm: A Dalit leader (Mayawati) was not allowed to speak. She tried to speak by moving a notice in the House, says Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary.
12.40pm: Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi files nomination for vice-presidential election in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders.
12.10pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 11am on Wednesday after continued Opposition protests over several issues.
12.03pm: Rajya Sabha chairman adjourns the House till 2pm following pandemonium.
11.55am: Outside the Parliament, Mayawati accuses government of being a spectator when Dalits were attacked in Saharanpur.
11.30am: In the Parliament, former Union minister Venkaiah Naidu files nomination for vice presidential election in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other NDA leaders.
11.25am: Rajya Sabha also adjourned till noon following uproar.
11.24am: Opposition leaders stand in support of Mayawati, urge the chairman to allow them to speak.
11.17am: Mayawati walks out of Rajya Sabha as ruling party members demand her apology for threatening to quit.
11.13am: BSP chief threatens to quit from Rajya Sabha if she is mot allowed to speak.
11.12am: Mayawati blames the Uttar Pradesh government for Saharanpur riots.
11.10am: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha as BSP chief Mayawati speaks on attrocities against Dalits.
11.08am: Lok Sabha adjourned till noon amid noisy opposition protests over several issues, including farmers’ plight and cow slaughter.
10.59am: TMC leader Derek O’Brien says all opposition in Rajya Sabha will raise issue of atrocities against marginalised and Dalits in the name of “cow terrorism”, and plight of farmers in Lok Sabha.
10.45am: Ahead of session, BJP lawmaker Shobha Karan says 24 political killings happened in Karnataka but the state government is not serious. She also questioned transfer of IPS officer D Roopa.
10.40am: Trinamool Congress gives notice in Rajya sabha on rise in mob lynching incidents.
10.26am: Opposition leaders hold a meeting in Parliament ahead of second day of monsoon session.
10.24am: RJD’s JP Yadav moves adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha against ‘harassment of opposition leaders including Lalu Prasad.
10.18am: NDA’s vice-presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Parliament to file nomination. Naidu resigned as a Union minister on Monday after his name was announced as a candidate.
10.15am: Karnataka BJP leaders hold a protest in Parliament against transfer of IPS officer Roopa D Moudgil.
D Roopa had recently alleged that AIADMK leader VK Sasikala received preferential treatment in Bengaluru Central Prison by paying a bribe.