LS adjourned after Kharge demands deferring debate on Prez Address

LS adjourned after Kharge demands deferring debate on Prez Address

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New Delhi, Feb 5 : The Lok Sabha had to be adjourned for about 35 minutes in the post lunch session due to ruckus created by the sloganeering Congress and Trinamool Congress members.

Amid the slogan shouting, Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge requested Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to bring the House in order saying he cannot participate in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in the din. Ms Mahajan, however, told him that the chaos is being created by the opposition members only. "What is the guarantee the House will be in order tomorrow?," she asked.

Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said from his party "we assure that the House will run tomorrow....from our side I give 100 per cent guarantee and if necessary we will sit from 11 am to 8 pm tomorrow, even without lunch".

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghawal said it was decided that the House would function from 2pm today. Speaker said, "The Supreme Court judgement on CBI-Kolkata police has already come, so what will change tomorrow".

While BJP members sought to question Mr Kharge why he wanted to defer his speech, the Congress leader said he should not be provoked as 'I can expose the government....why the CBI team was sent at Police Commissioner's house in Kolkata at 7 PM.'

Minister of State for Parliamentary Vijay Goel quickly shot back, saying 'Aap pol kholiye, hum taiyyar hai (You may please do so, we are ready to listen).' Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present in the House, said if Congress and Trinamool members were agitated over any issue and their members wanted to speak on the debate only on Wednesday, members and leaders from other parties should be allowed to participate in the debate.

The customary Motion of Thanks debate to President Ram Nath Kovind's address was initiated by BJP member Hukmdev Narayan Yadav and seconded by Jagdambika Pal.

During the debate, both the BJP members strongly defended the President's Address to the joint sitting of Parliament and said the speech rightly highlighted the achievements and good works of the Narendra Modi government.

BJP member from Domariyaganj constituency in Uttar Pradesh Pal said on the World Economic Forum held at Davos where previously US Presidents use to inaugurate the forum, breaking away a sort of tradition, for the first time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given the honour.

He hailed the schemes floated by the Modi government including Ayushman Bharat and Pradhan Mantri- Kisan, the support scheme for farmers. He said India improved its ranking on the World Bank's 'ease of doing business' report for the second straight year, jumping 23 places to the 77th rank.

Mr Yadav said that unlike the past the NDA regime has relentlessly pursued its journey for inclusive development. (UNI)