Monsoon Session of Parliament began on Tuesday on a stormy note. The Modi Government faced attacks from Opposition parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over atrocities on Dalits and mob lynching. While the continuous uproar forced Lok Sabha to adjourn for the day without any work, Rajya Sabha saw high octane drama as BSP chief Mayawati walked out and threatened to resign. The Upper House will resume work in a while.
Opposition parties, led by Congress, met on Monday to decide the strategy for a full offensive against Modi Government. Apart from several regional issues, the parties have agreed upon five main problems faced by the nation. To that effect, the Opposition has filed various adjournment notices seeking debates and discussions on the topics.
Here are the highlights:
#3:05 PM: Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow
#12:10 PM: Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow
#11:28 AM: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon following slogans of 'Dalit virodhi sarkar nahi chalegi' by BSP leaders
#11:17 AM: BJP leader Naqvi says Mayawati has disrespected the House by walking out
#11:15 AM: Mayawati says she will resign if not allowed to speak on dalit issues. I have no business in Parliament if I cannot speak for dalits.
#11:10 AM: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon following an uproar.
#11:10 AM : BSP supremo attacks Modi Govt on atrocities on dalit by mobs in Rajya Sabha
24 political killings happened in Karnataka but state govt not serious, also why was IPS D Roopa transferred abruptly: Shobha Karan, BJP MP pic.twitter.com/lXm15fFpXa— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2017
#10:40 AM: Trinamool Congress gives notice in Rajya Sabha on rise in mob lynching incidents.
#10:40 AM: Adjournment motion notice given by RJD leader JP Yadav in Lok Sabha against 'harassment of opposition leaders including Lalu Prasad Yadav'
Delhi: Karnataka BJP leaders hold a protest in Parliament, protesting against transfer of IPS officer D Roopa pic.twitter.com/bKLA6mMhyM— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2017
Key issues likely to be raised in both Houses:
Farmers' demands and suicides:
The opposition, led by Rahul Gandhi on this issue, is expected to raise farm loan waiver, Minimum Support Price and Mandsaur killings in both houses of Parliament. Opposition plans to raise a hue and cry about agrarian crisis not just in Parliament but also outside it.
GST and unemployment
The Opposition parties will demand to hold discussion on the hasty implementation of Goods and Services Tax and the potential economic fallout form the move. The parties will also seek debate on the rising unemployment in India's IT sector.
Rising incidents of attrocities on dalits, beef ban related violence and mob lynching is expected to cause ruckus in both Houses, as Opposition has taken a strong united stand against these problems in India.
In view of rising incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan and Indian Army's massive cordon and search operation in Kashmir, Opposition parties are expected to seek discussion on the matter and demand explanation form the government on the ising tension in the Valley. Attack on Amarmnath Yatra pilgrims is also likely to be highlighted.
Sikkim standoff with China
Though the government reached out to the Opposition, and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as well as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tried to set the record straight on China standoff, the Opposition is in no mood to buy government side of story.
The matter will be raised in both houses and demand will be raised that NDA government should make a statement on the entire episode. Opposition will also ask as to what was discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The matter will be raised in the Parliament's standing committee on external affairs.