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Parliament: Ruckus on Adani Issue Continues; Both Houses Adjourned Till Wednesday

Rajya Sabha S passes Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2023 without discussion
Image Courtesy: PTI

Image Courtesy: PTI

New Delhi:  Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day on Monday after passing the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2023 without discussion amid uproar by Opposition members over the Adani issue.

Soon after the Upper House reassembled at 2 p.m, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar greeted the members on the occasion of Rajya Sabha Day and urged them to participate in discussion, dialogue and deliberations instead of indulging in disruptions.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman then moved the the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2023 for consideration and passage amid slogan-shouting by Opposition members.

Dhankhar put the Bill to voice vote even as the Opposition members continued  slogan shouting and passed it before adjourning the House for the day.

The House will now meet on Wednesday.

The Bill, which was passed on March 29 by Lok Sabha, provides for the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to impose penalties on entities based on their global turnover instead of the current practice of considering only relevant market turnover. The Corporate Affairs Ministry has made certain amendments to the original bill.

The Bill was introduced in Parliament on August 5 last year. Then, it was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance chaired by BJP member Jayant Sinha. The panel tabled its report in Parliament on December 13.

Earlier in the day, the Upper House was adjourned as MPs from the Congress and other Opposition parties created a ruckus, demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the charges against the Adani Group.

Congress MPs sported black clothes while TMC members wore black face masks. Opposition MPs began shouting slogans as the Chairman called for laying of the listed official papers on the table of the House at the start of the day's proceedings.

No sooner had the papers been laid than Dhankhar adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.

Opposition Demands JPC on Adani in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day on Monday after Opposition parties staged a protest over the Adani issue.

The House will reconvene on Wednesday, with Tuesday being a holiday on account of Mahavir Jayanti.

Earlier, the House was adjourned till 2 p.m after obituary references to incumbent MP Girish Bapat and former MP Innocent, who passed away recently.

Bapat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Pune, died on March 29, while Innocent, a former independent MP from the Chalakudy constituency in Kerala's Thrissur, passed away on March 26.

The Lok Sabha now adjourns for a few hours as a mark of respect for a sitting member who has passed away.

Earlier, the House used to adjourn for the day after paying obituary to the member.

When the House reconvened at 2 pm, the Opposition members kept sloganeering against the government, demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into allegations involving industrialist Gautam Adani's business group.

The Chair adjourned the House amidst the din.

Since the second part of the Parliament's Budget Session began on March 13, the Lok Sabha has witnessed daily disruptions, with the Opposition demanding a JPC probe into the Adani issue.

The ruling BJP members too had been demanding an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on Indian democracy made in the United Kingdom recently. Gandhi has since been disqualified as a Lok Sabha member following his conviction by a court in a 2019 criminal defamation case.

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