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LS adjourned thrice as opposition adamant about debating Delhi violence


New Delhi, March 3, 2020

The Lok Sabha was adjourned thrice on Tuesday after opposition members remained adamant about discussing the recent violence in Delhi in which at least 46 people died and over 260 were injured, despite the government agreeing to discuss the issue on March 11 -- a day after Holi.

As soon as the House met for the third time at 2 p.m. Speaker Om Birla said that he held discussions with the government and the opposition MPs and the government has agreed to discuss the Delhi violence on March 11, a day after Holi.

However, the opposition members continued to raise slogans in the House and demanded immediate discussion over the violence. Seeing the opposition members raising slogans and creating a ruckus in the House, despite Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaking while tabling the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, Birla said, "You people demanded a discussion and the government has agreed to discuss it after Holi. So go to your seats and participate in the debate on other important subjects too."

However, the opposition members continued to raise slogans in the house, following which the Speaker adjourned the House for the third time. Earlier the House was adjourned for a second time within four minutes after it met again. The opposition remained adamant over its demand to discuss the Delhi violence issue in the Lower House.

Earlier in the day, Birla adjourned the House till noon after the opposition protested against the ban on placards inside Parliament and kept on raising the issue of discussing the violence. Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and DMK leaders started raising the issue of debating the violence.

Amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi repeated what he said on Monday that the government was ready for a discussion, and if the opposition wanted to raise the issue of the violence then they should raise it during the Zero Hour and the government had no objection to that.

"I will only say this that the restoration of peace and normalcy is the topmost priority. And if you want to raise the issue, then the government is ready to debate," Joshi said.

However, the opposition members continued to create ruckus in the House following which Speaker Birla had to intervene. Slamming the opposition members, Birla said, "What happened in the House yesterday, no one is allowed to bring placards and banners."

However, when the opposition members continued shouting, the Speaker said: "Do you want to run the House with placards and banners, announce and tell."

"Is this the way? Do you want to run the House like this? House is adjourned till 12 noon," he said.

Chowdhury, earlier in the House, said: "We represent the people of India. Delhi is burning and we need to raise the issue here."

He was supported by DMK MP T.R. Baalu, who said, "The government has not reacted on it till now."

On Monday, the first day of the second leg of the Budget session, a ruckus broke out over the issue of the Delhi violence in the Lok Sabha. Amid the uproar, there was pushing and shoving among the MPs, which led to allegations and counter allegations between the opposition and treasury benches.