LS adjourned for the day amid uproar over MoS Ajay Mishra
New Delhi, December 16, 2021
Amid continuous protests by the Opposition demanding dismissal of Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Thursday.
The Opposition parties demanded sacking of Mishra after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) report said the violence, in which four farmers were killed, was a "planned conspiracy".
The House was adjourned within 12 minutes after it reassembled at 2 p.m.
When the proceedings of the lower house started at 2 p.m., BJD Member B. Mehatab, who was in the Chair, allowed the Ministers and members to lay the papers on the table of the house amid opposition protests and sloganeering. The Chair also asked the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change to introduce the Diversity (Amendment) Bill 2021.
Meanwhile, opposition members, who were in the well of the house, started displaying placards demanding dismissal of the Minister. Mehtab tried to pacify the agitated members but they did not pay any heed to the chair's request, following which he adjourned the house for the day.
Earlier in the day, the lower house was adjourned within 20 minutes after it assembled at 11 a.m. amid continued ruckus by the opposition against the government over Mishra. Speaker Om Birla tried to convince the members to return to their seats and let the house transact business.
With an aim to initiate the Question Hour, Birla approached the opposition benches and tried to convince them how and why it was important. He also assured the opposition that they would be given a chance to raise their issue and asked Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to speak.
Gandhi said that Union Minister Mishra was responsible for the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and and demanded that the government should sack him. The Speaker interrupted him by saying that he should stick to what was listed by him for Question Hour, not other issues. He then called upon other members to raise their issues. This also irked the opposition benches and they started shouting slogans loudly.