While chairs in both houses disallowed the demands from the opposition, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned minutes after they opened in the morning and again at 2 pm in the post-lunch session.
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The coordination between the opposition parties started on Wednesday night, soon after a text message from Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge to floor leaders of the like-minded opposition parties to meet in his chamber at 10 am on Thursday to chalk out a joint action plan on the Adani issue, to take on the government.
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At the morning meeting, 20-plus opposition parties came on board and decided that debate on Motion of Thanks on President Address will begin in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Monday at 2 pm. It was also decided that each party will take a call on the “mode of enquiry to get to the bottom of this scam and that no state-related or any other issue will be brought up since that will provide the ruling BJP to disrupt the Houses to run away from the discussion,” according to TMC floor leaders Sudip Bandopadhya (LS) and Derek O’Brien (RS).
Most opposition parties also decided that there will be notices to the chair asking for time for specific discussion on “LIC, SBI forced to invest in questionable enterprises, savings of crores of poor & middle class at risk,” so that the issue can be brought as part of the debate on both the motion of thanks to the President’s address and the budget discussion.
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Another meeting of all opposition parties have been called by Kharge on Friday morning, however, most of the planning for the next week has been done, and hence some parties like TMC may not be present in Friday’s meeting. But all parties have planned to attend a likely gathering called by Congress at the Gandhi statue on Monday morning before the House opens to protest against misutilisation of public money.
All the parties walked down to Vijay Chowk on Thursday in a show of unity and addressed the media. Kharge also demanded that the probe into the scam should be briefed to the media daily.
Both houses of Parliament adjourned over Hindenburg’s report on Adani
Apart from Congress, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and DMK leaders who also met for an informal round of deliberation inside the Rajya Sabha chamber after adjournment, leaders of Shiv Sena, CPM, CPI, SP, NCP, JD(U), IUML, National Conference, Kerala Congress were among those present at the meeting held at Kharge’s chamber.
In Lok Sabha, members from almost all opposition parties rushed to the Well of the House raising slogans and sought a probe into the business practices of the corporate giant. Speaker Om Birla asked members not to make unsubstantiated claims but had to adjourn the House till 2 pm as MPs were in mood to relent.
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In Rajya Sabha, nine MPs, including Kharge, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi and Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh, gave notices under rule 267. They sought suspension of regular business to discuss the Adani group stock rout and its impact on millions of small investors as well as the hard-earned savings of crores of Indians being endangered in loss of value of investments of LIC. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar rejected the notices, saying they were not in order. This infuriated the opposition MPs who rose in their places to protest. Dhankhar adjourned the House till 2 pm without transacting any business. At 2 pm both House were adjourned within seconds of them opening.