Parliament standoff: Both Houses adjourned till Thursday amid uproar over Adani, Rahul

Parliament has remained paralysed for the seventh day in a row on Tuesday due to protests from rival sides.

Published: 21st March 2023 11:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2023 08:24 PM   |  A+A-

Proceedings of Lok Sabha during Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, March 21, 2023. (Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The ongoing tussle between lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and Opposition parties continued for another day leading to both houses of the Parliament being adjourned on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day amid ruckus in the House with the Opposition demanding a JPC probe into the Adani issue. The House will meet again on Thursday, March 23.

As soon as the proceedings started, members of the opposition benches raised the issue and shouted slogans like "we want JPC". However, the Chair, Rajendra Agarwal, managed to pass the budget for Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Before adjourning the House, Agarwal wished MPs for various festivals, including Chaitra Sukhladi, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Cheti Chand, Navre and Sajibu Cheiraoba.

He also said on the request of several members to enable them to participate in the festivities, the House will not have a sitting on Wednesday and instead it would meet on March 23.

Earlier, Speaker Om Birla made repeated appeals to the protesting members to allow the Question Hour to function, giving the assurance that everyone will be given a chance to speak. "I had made a personal request to the leaders of all parties. I would like to make another appeal, the House should function, the budget session is very important. Everyone will get a chance to speak," he said.

"If not given a chance after Question Hour, then you can come in the Well. If you don't want the House to function then the proceedings are adjourned till 2 pm," Birla said.

Parliament remained paralysed for the sixth day in a row on Monday due to protests from rival sides.

While the BJP has demanded an "unambiguous apology" from Gandhi for his remarks in the UK that democracy in India is "under attack", several opposition parties have been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe (JPC) into allegations against the Adani Group.

Rajya Sabha adjourned for day, to meet on Thursday

Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day amid uproar over BJP's demand that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi apologise for his "democracy in danger" remark in London. The Upper House of Parliament will meet again on March 23.

When Rajya Sabha reassembled at 2 pm after an adjournment, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar led the House in greeting the country for various festivals, including Chaitra Sukhladi, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Cheti Chand, Navre and Sajibu Cheiraoba.

He also said on the request of several members to enable them to participate in the festivities, the House will not have a sitting on Wednesday and instead it would meet on March 23.

Dhankhar then tried to take up the listed business of discussion on the working of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship amid protests from Opposition members. He then gave the floor to Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge.

When Kharge stood up and said that "Rahul Gandhi is not a member of this House and there is no question of him apologising (in this House)", ruling party members shouted slogans demanding Gandhi's apology for his remark in London.

It led to Dhankhar adjourning the House till March 23 (Thursday).

The proceedings of the House were adjourned till 2 pm after MPs from treasury benches created an uproar over Gandhi's remarks.

Opposition members too were on their feet after Chairman Dhankhar rejected 11 notices under Rule 267 to suspend the schedule business of the day and take up matters related to the Adani issue.

Before adjourning the proceedings till 2 pm, the chairman asked floor leaders of various political leaders to meet him in his chamber at 11.30 am.

Opposition party members who had given notices under Rule 267 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) were: Amee Yajnik, Pramod Tiwari, Tiruchi Siva, Kumar Ketkar, Neeraj Dangi, Rajneet Ranjan, Jebi Mather Hisham, Syed Nasir Hussain, Elamaram Kareem, Sanjay Singh and Sandosh Kumar P.

Through the notices, some of the opposition MPs had demanded to discuss the government's failure to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the charges of corporate fraud, political corruption, stock market manipulation and financial mismanagement against Adani group.

CPI(M) member Kareem wanted to raise the issue of the Opposition's demand for a high-level inquiry monitored on a day-to-day basis by the Supreme Court or a JPC probe to know the truth behind the allegations made in the Hindenburg report against Adani enterprises "endangering" people's deposit in LIC, SBI and other banks.

Sandosh Kumar P of the CPI demanded constitution of the JPC to probe the allegations made by Hindenburg research against the Adani Group regarding stock manipulations and accounting frauds.

AAP's Sanjay Singh, through his notice, wanted to raise the issue to discuss the "fraud" committed by the conglomerate in electricity production and distribution in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Before giving his ruling on the 11 notices, the chairman said people expect Rajya Sabha members to be in order and engage in deliberation and discussion.

"The entire country is keen about it," Dhankhar said.

Earlier, the House extended birthday greetings to Ram Shakal, a nominated member.

India Matters


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp