LS adjourned for day over unabated protest from Oppn against Pegasus scoop, farm laws


New Delhi, Jul 22 (UNI) The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day within a minute after it reconvened for the fourth time at 1600 hrs of Thursday due to unabated protest by the Opposition over various issues including Pegasus row and farm laws.

As soon as the House reassembled, several members of the Opposition parties were already present in the Well of the House holding placards over farm laws, Pegasus scoop, fuel price hike, Polavaram project, and special status for Andhra Pradesh and few other issues.

On behalf of Om Birla, Bhartruhari Mahtab, who was at the Speaker's chair, asked the members to return to their seats and allow the House to function. "I have been told that the government is ready to discuss any issue," Mr Mahtab said.

As the Opposition members did not pay heed to his repeated requests, Mr Mahtab adjourned the House till 1100 hrs of July 23.

Earlier in the day, Mr Mahtab allowed the Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt to introduce the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 that seeks to replace Essential Defence Services Ordinance, 2021 promulgated on June 30.

The Bill provides for the maintenance of Essential Defence Services so as to secure the security of the nation and the life and property of the public at large and for matters connected therewith.

He also allowed Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal to introduce The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 that seeks to replace the Inland Vessels Act, 1917. The Bill provides for a central database for recording the details of the vessel, vessel registration, the crew on an electronic portal.

However, both the ministers failed to introduce their bill due to Opposition ruckus and frequent adjournments.

The several members from Opposition--Congress, All India Trinamool Congress, YSR Congress, Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal, Rashtriya Congress Party and other parties---stood inside the Well, raised slogans and held placards against the government.

A member of Shiromani Akali Dal was seen standing in the middle of the House raising a placard which read "Strike black laws", while a Trinamool Congress Member was heard shouting, "We want a reply on Pegasus." A YSRC MP raised a placard on the Polavaram project.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi assured the Opposition members that all the issues will be discussed and cited the example of Rajya Sabha where the COVID-19 situation was debated on Tuesday as per the wish of the Opposition.

Mr Mahtab asked the Opposition to finalise the issue on which they want a discussion and keep it with the business committee of the House as per the rules.However, the repeated requests from the Chair went in vain.