New Delhi: The Budget Session of Lok Sabha
today started on a tempestuous note with members belonging to
several opposition parties storming the Well protesting
against inflation and hike in rail fares and prices of petrol,
diesel and LPG.
Trouble started as soon as the Question Hour began, with
members of Congress, Trinamool Congress, RJD, SP, Aam Aadmi
Party and the Left trooping into the Well raising the issue of
prices and rail fare hike.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's repeated pleas to allow the
questions to be taken up went unheeded, leading to adjournment
of the House for nearly 40 minutes.
Today was the first day of the Budget session of the
Narendra Modi government.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members were also in the
Well opposing the ordinance on the Polavaram project.
Slogans like "achha din ayega, mahangai badhayega (good
days will come, prices will rise)" and 'roll back rail fare
hike' were heard. Members also opposed rise in prices of
petrol, diesel and LPG.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was seen standing in the
aisle, while his party colleagues Jyotiraditya Scindia,
Deepinder Singh Hooda, K C Venugopal and several others were
in the Well.
RJD's Pappu Yadav was vociferous in his protest as was
TMC's Kalyan Banerjee and most of his party colleagues.
Bhagwant Singh Mann of AAP was also in the Well and was heard
raising the plight of Indians left behind in trouble-torn
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the House during the
entire period of turmoil along with his senior party and
ministerial colleagues L K Advani, Rajnath Singh and Sushma
Swaraj. Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also seated in the
front row of the opposition benches.
Amidst the din, the replies to questions given by
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Labour Minister
Narendra Singh Tomar could not be heard.
NCP's Supriya Sule, who was asked to raise a question on
unemployment, shouted the government's reply was
"unsatisfactory and bureaucratic".