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Congress MP Ranjit Ranjan gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha.


The Centre–Opposition standoff has continued to affect the proceedings in both houses after an unproductive week of the second leg of the Budget Session on 20th march. By 2:30 pm, both houses were adjourned. Several opposition parties alleged that the government does not want the Parliament to function. Simultaneously, it is finding ways to divert attention from its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani issue.


Meanwhile, the Centre sought an apology from Rahul Gandhi over his 'democracy under threat' remarks made by him in the UK. The business in Rajya Sabha has been suspended because Ranjit Ranjan has given suspension under rule 267 to discuss the "Government failure to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to investigate the charges of corrupt fraud."

A meeting of leaders from like–minded opposition parties is underway at the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament is going to chalk down the strategy for the floor of the House on 20th March 2023, as informed by the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

The proceedings in the two Houses of Parliament were disrupted for the fifth day on Friday as the ruling BJP and opposition parties sought to raise their issues vociferously. The anger continued to play out outside the Parliament, with leaders from BJP and Congress targeting each other over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks and the Adani issue. 

After the Lok Sabha met for the day, opposition members came near the Speaker’s podium over their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Hindenburg-Adani row. The BJP members raised the need for an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remarks in the United Kingdom, alleging that they had accused institutions in the country.

Congress alleged that the audio was muted after they raised slogans that Rahul Gandhi should be allowed to respond to allegations of BJP leaders against him. Congress members alleged there was no audio for about 20 minutes of the House proceedings. Government sources said the audio was muted due to a “technical fault.” 

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed disruptions and was adjourned for the day. The House earlier took up some of the listed business. Subsequently, several bills were slated to be passed in both the Upper and Lower Houses on Monday. Here we bring minute-to-minute updates from in and out of the parliament.


In a notice addressed to Rajya Sabha Chairman, Ranjan further said, "That this House do suspend Zero Hour and relevant rules relating to Question Hour and other businesses of the day to discuss the Government's questionable role in promoting the business interests of the Adani Group, including through inaction on serious charges of corporate fraud, political corruption, stock-market, manipulation and financial mismanagement, illegal coal mine allocations, stations with foreign countries for big-ticket projects, etc."


Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh on Friday also gave a Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 and demanded a discussion on the Adani issue. Singh, in the notice, said, "Adani has misappropriated public money, and the central government is answerable to the public. PM Modi's silence on the loss of crores of money is questionable. An in-depth discussion of the issue is the need of the hour."


The second half of the budget session began on Monday and has been marked by disruptions and unrest over the last three days. BJP has accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of maligning India's institutions on foreign soil. While Congress, Syed Naseer Hussain suspended business notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha on "worrying trend of declining freedom of speech and expression in the country." After a daylong adjournment on Wednesday due to protests from both sides, the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will reconvene on Thursday to debate the Union Budget 2023.


After the adjournment of the Parliament today, MPs of the opposition are likely to protest outside the SBI branch located on the premises of Parliament over the Adani issue, news agency ANI Sources. PM Modi holds a meeting with his top ministers to discuss Parliamentary strategy for the second part of the Budget session, as reported by the news agency ANI.


Rahul Gandhi will not apologize. We will ask for the same demand again & again till we do not get an answer. This is just a diversion from the issue. Our embassies are getting attacked but are not saying anything to condemn these attacks. These people gave protection to Mehul Choksi & now are talking about “Deshbhakti,” Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge said, as quoted by ANI. 

DMP MP Tiruchi Siva gives suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267. It demands discussion on “the Government’s failure to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate corporate fraud charges in the country.”

It maybe noted that the Congress MP Promod Tiwari had earlier given a suspension of business notice to discuss the "government's role in promoting business interests of Adani Group," in a statement Tiwari said that he had moved the motion in order to discuss the need to constitute a JPC to investigate the "government's role in promoting Adani's business interests at a higher role." 


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