Cauvery, Rafale row hit Parliament proceedings

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was again forced to adjourn the House till 2 pm today amid continuous protests by opposition parties over various issues including the Rafale deal and Cauvery issues.

Immediately after the House re-convened at noon, members from the Congress, TDP, and AIADMK jumped into the well with placards and started shouting slogans.

Although few members managed to raise certain issues during the Zero Hour, the continuous sloganeering by opposition parties forced Mahajan to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

Earlier soon after the Question Hour began, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise the issue of Rafale deal but Mahajan said the matter can be raised during the Zero Hour.

Besides Congress members who were demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal, those from AIADMK protested against the construction of a dam across Cauvery River.

RS goes without transacting business
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day without transacting any business after ruckus in the House over issues ranging from construction of a dam on the Cauvery River to violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district.

While slogan shouting members of Tamil parties – AIADMK and DMK trooped – into the well of the House over construction of Mekadatu Dam on Cauvery River, Samajwadi Party and BSP members raised the issue of mob violence in Bulandshahr that left two dead, including an inspector rank police officer.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said nothing that the protesting members were saying would go on record and then adjourned the proceedings for the day.

Big day for Muslim women
It is a big day for Muslim women with the Lok Sabha set to discuss the bill on instant triple talaq, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel said today as the government struggled to get consensus on the issue.
Debate on Triple Talaq Bill is scheduled later for the day.
Both BJP and Congress have issued a whip asking its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House when the Triple Talaq Bill will be taken up for discussion.