New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day after paying tributes to former Haryana Chief Minister and sitting member Bhajan Lal, who died during the inter-session period. According to TV reports, uproarious scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha over the government’s handling of the corruption issue.
As soon as the House met on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament, Speaker Meira Kumar made obituary reference to Lal, a member from Hissar, who died on June 3.
She described him as an able administrator and champion of the causes of the masses and worked for the uplift of the weaker sections throughout his political career spanning over four decades.
The House also made obituary references to former members Dharmabhiksham, Sribatcha Digal, Sripal Singh Yadav, L S Tur and Chaturanan Mishra.
The House also mourned the loss of lives in twin attacks in Norway, the terrorist attack in Mumbai on July 13, train accidents at Thanagaon on July 7 and at Fatehpur, both in Uttar Pradesh, on July 10.
“I am sure the House would join me in expressing grief over these terrorist attacks and tragic accidents,” Kumar said.
The members observed silence for a while before the House was adjourned for the day.
Main opposition BJP and other parties today forced a brief adjournment of the Rajya Sabha by creating uproar over several issues including the 2G spectrum scam.
Immediately after Chairman Hamid Ansari read out obituary references, BJP members were up on their feet raising the issue of statements made by former Telecom Minister A Raja in the court.
They were supported by members of AIADMK who displayed copies of a Tamil newspaper. BSP members raised the issue of farmers plight and were seen moving into the aisles.
Dr. Ansari said he could not hear anyone as members were speaking simultaneously. Minutes into the din, he adjourned the house for 15 minutes till 12 noon.