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Pegasus spyware row: Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned amid protest by Opposition

LS, RS members congratulate shuttler PV Sindhu on winning bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Prime News, National, Constitution, Democracy, Protest, New Delhi, August 2:- Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the second time on Monday (August 2), till 2 pm, as Opposition members continued to protest over the Pegasus spyware controversy and other issues.

Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, who was in the chair, requested the protesting members to go back and take their seats.

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said the government has been “bulldozing” one legislation after another. We want a discussion, but it should first be on the Pegasus snooping issue, he said.

Amid protest, The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2021 was withdrawn while the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 was introduced.

The proceedings of the House were on Monday adjourned for the first time till 12 noon.

Speaker Om Birla had asked the protesting members to raise issues of public interest rather than sloganeering and urged them to go back to their seats. “You all are respectable members representing lakhs of people. This House is for discussion… I will give you time (for discussion),” Birla said.

Notwithstanding Opposition protests, the Question Hour went on for over 30 minutes and more than seven questions were taken up along with supplementaries.

As Opposition members continued with their protest, Birla adjourned the House for about 25 minutes till 12 noon.

As soon as the House met for the day, Speaker Birla, on behalf of the House, congratulated shuttler P V Sindhu on winning a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Speaker noted that she is the first Indian woman athlete to win two individual medals at Olympics. He congratulated her for the “historic achievement” and also expressed hope that Sindhu’s win will be an inspiration for youngsters.

RS adjourned amid Opposition uproar

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned again till 2 pm on Monday as the uproar by Opposition members over the Pegasus snooping row and other issues continued. Opposition members stormed the well and raised slogans against the government.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh made repeated appeals to the protesting members to take their seats and allow the Question Hour to proceed but they did not relent.

He said this is the members’ time to ask questions. He allowed the Question Hour to continue and took some questions amid the din. After about half an hour, the deputy chairman adjourned the House as the Opposition members continued to raise slogans and disrupt proceedings.

Earlier, the House was adjourned for an hour till 12 noon, soon after the laying of papers.

While Congress MPs sought a discussion on the farm agitation, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Left parties sought a debate on the Pegasus snooping issue.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he was willing to consider a discussion on farmers’ problems provided members do not disturb proceedings and cooperate. He also appealed to members not to enter the well carrying placards. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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