The Lok Sabha was suspended today until midday amid opposition demonstrations over the alleged abuse of government agencies against opposition politicians. As soon as the house convened for the day, members of the opposition, including the Congress and the DMK, flocked to the house well and chanted anti-government chants. Black clothing was worn by some of the protesters. Ineffective was Speaker Om Birla’s plea to allow the house to conduct business. The Speaker called the House to recess until noon while the commotion persisted.
The house earlier observed a moment of silence in honour of recently deceased former member Bhim Prasad Dahal and for those lost as a result of the bombing of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
M. Venkaiah Naidu, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, stated today that lawmakers cannot evade summoning law enforcement in criminal cases, whether or not a session of parliament is in session. Mr. Naidu stressed that it is erroneous to believe that MPs are immune from detention, arrest, and questioning while the house is in session when the House reconvened at 11.30 a.m. following the first adjournment. The comments were made in light of Congress members’ claims yesterday that Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the opposition, was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate notwithstanding
Citing various Rajya Sabha and Supreme Court decisions, Mr. Naidu argued that MPs are on an equal footing with ordinary citizens and that the privileges bestowed by the parliament do not exclude them from answering to criminal accusations. He asserted that MPs have a responsibility to uphold the law and the judicial system as law-abiding citizens.
The Rajya Sabha had already been suspended until 11.30 a.m. amid opposition party protests. Congress members requested Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to let Opposition Leader Mallikarjun Kharge speak when the house convened in the morning. The Chairman disallowed it, adding that after laying the paperwork, he would permit Mr. Kharge. However, Congressmen persist in pursuing their claims. amid raucous activity, the