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Parliament standoff: Both Houses adjourned amid uproar over Adani, Rahul

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The ongoing tussle between lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and Opposition parties continued for another day leading to both houses of the Parliament being adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday.

Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha was adjourned after BJP lawmakers created an uproar over Rahul Gandhi’s democracy remarks made during his visit to the UK.

Meanwhile, proceedings in the Lok Sabha was adjourned after the Opposition parties created a ruckus demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the stock manipulation allegations surrounding the Adani Group.

As soon as the proceedings started, members of the Opposition benches raised the issue and shouted slogans like “we want JPC”.

Speaker Om Birla made repeated appeals to the protesting members to allow the Question Hour to function, giving the assurance that everyone will be given a chance to speak.

“I had made a personal request to the leaders of all parties. I would like to make another appeal, the House should function, the Budget session is very important. Everyone will get a chance to speak,” he said.

“If not given a chance after Question Hour, then you can come in the Well. If you don’t want the House to function then the proceedings are adjourned till 2 pm,” Birla said.

Parliament remained paralysed for the sixth day in a row on Monday due to protests from rival sides.

While the BJP has demanded an “unambiguous apology” from Gandhi for his remarks in the UK that democracy in India is “under attack”, several opposition parties have been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe (JPC) into allegations against the Adani Group.

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