Parliament disrupted on first day of Monsoon Session
New Delhi: Parliament was disrupted on the first day of the Monsoon Session, as some members vehemently opposed the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and demanded carving of Bodoland out of Assam.
TDP member N Sivaprasad tried to walk up to one of the protestors from the Congress but was stopped by his party colleagues. Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) member S. Bwiswmuthiary also joined the protest with a banner stating “Bodoland MPs strongly stand for a separate state of Bodoland”.
Speaker Meira Kumar asked the agitating members to go back to their seats and assured them that they would be allowed to speak during zero hour but her request went unheeded forcing her to adjourn the House till noon.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned three times — first for 15 minutes around 11.20 am and then till noon. At noon, two members from the TDP continued to voice their concern over the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh to form Telangana.
Rajya Sabha paid tributes to its former members including Samar Mukherjee and Khurshed Alam Khan. The House also paid tributes to people killed in Uttarakhand floods and the Congress leaders killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh in May.
The Lok Sabha also condoled the death of its former members, including Mahendra Karma and VC Shukla who were killed in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, and paid homage to Uttarakhand flood victims and the 23 children who died in a mid-day meal tragedy in Bihar.
The two Houses congratulated the Indian cricket team for its victory in the Champions Trophy and players from other fields for their sporting achievements.
Batting mastero Sachin Tendulkar was in the Rajya Sabha when the House lauded the achievement of the Indian cricket team.