The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 18 , 2017

LS adjourned after Opposition uproar over farmers' plight, cow vigilantes

New Delhi, July 18 (PTI): The Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned on the first working day of the Monsoon Session today following noisy protests by the Opposition, which sought to corner the government by raising several issues, including violent incidents involving cow vigilantes and the plight of farmers.

A belligerent Opposition wanted to discuss a host of issues as its members stormed the Well of the House during the Question Hour as well as later during the Zero Hour, forcing adjournment of the day's proceedings.

Members from the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Trinamool Congress and the Left, among others, trooped into Well. Many were shouting slogans and also displaying placards.

The opposition members wanted to raise cow vigilantism, the plight of farmers and various other issues.

The House was first adjourned after 15 minutes into Question Hour till noon as the bedlam continued.

As the House reassembled after the adjournment during Question Hour, the opposition members again trooped into the Well raising anti-government slogans.

In the din, as many as three bills, including the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, were introduced. Besides, reports of various parliamentary committees we re tabled before Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day.

One of the Opposition placards read, “Gau mata toh bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai (Cow protection is a tool to divert attention from farm loan waiver)”.

”Vijay Mallya ko bhagaya, kisano ko rulaya (Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave, while farmers were made to cry),” read another placard.

Bharatiya Janata Party members from Karnataka were also seen holding placards and standing at their benches asking the state government to protect honest officers.

They were referring to the recent transfer of DIG (Prisons) D. Roopa, who had reportedly exposed that All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Sasikala Natrajan was provided special facilities and services inside prison.

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