Rahul’s arrival in the Lok Sabha in the afternoon was greeted with loud shouts of “Aa gaya! Aa gaya!” from a handful of BJP MPs even as the House was adjourned within a minute after it reconvened at 2pm.
Kirit Solanki, who was in the chair, urged members to be seated and stop the sloganeering if they want a debate but the opposition and treasury benches continued with their slogan-shouting and the House was then adjourned for the day.
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In the morning session, the House proceedings had lasted only for two minutes. Trinamool Congress members, with their mouths covered with a black ribbon, had gathered in the well of the House as the proceedings got under way. Speaker Om Birla urged the members to allow the House to function, but to no avail. Similar scenes played out in the Rajya Sabha with BJP insisting on an apology from Rahul for his London remarks and opposition members demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe into the investment of public money in the Adani Group through institutions like LIC and SBI.
When the House re-assembled in the afternoon, several members had already gathered in the well.
Deputy chairman Harivansh asked the members to return to their respective seats and allow the proceedings to continue.
As the members continued to shout, he adjourned the House for the day. Earlier in the day, TMC members raised slogans saying they were not being allowed to speak and wore black masks as a mark of protest.
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