New Delhi: Lok Sabha was adjourned on third day of the monsoon session on Thursday till 4 pm in the wake of continues protests by the Opposition on various issues.
As soon as the House assembled for the third time at 1400 hrs, Bhartruhari Mahtab, who was at the Speaker’s chair, asked the Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt to continue with the introduction of the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 that seeks to replace Essential Defence Services Ordinance, 2021 which was promulgated on June 30.
No sooner had he begun than the Opposition members from Members of Congress, All India Trinamool Congress, YSR Congress, Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal, Rashtriya Congress Party and other Opposition parties, trooped to the Well started sloganeering against the government over Pegasus row, new farm bills, fuel price hike and other issues.
Earlier in the day, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi assured the Opposition members that all the issues will be discussed and cited the example of Rajya Sabha where the COVID-19 situation was debated on Tuesday as per the wish of the Opposition.
Mahtab asked the Opposition to finalise the issue on which they want a discussion and keep it with the business committee of the House as per the rules.
Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt introduced “The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021” and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal–“The Inland Vessels Bill 2021.”