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Lok Sabha adjourned till 27 July

Hina Fatima Khan | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:23 IST

For the fourth straight day since the beginning of the Monsoon session, the Lok Sabha failed to transact business because of the ruckus over the Vyapam scam and the Lalit Modi issue. Now the lower house of Parliament has been adjourned till Monday, 27 July.

The Rajya Sabha too was adjourned over the same issues, but will resume business at 12 noon.However, the ruckus today was not created by the Opposition. Instead, the ruling BJP protested against the Opposition's boycott of Parliament.

BJP trying to break Parliament logjam by attacking scams in Congress ruled state

On 23 July, the BJP accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of receiving a bribe disguised as an unsecured loan. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded answers from the Congress. On 22 July, the BJP had released a sting video of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, leveling corruption charges against him.

subheading]BJP moved a Privilege Motion against Robert Vadra in Lok SabhaThen the BJP moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, over his comments in a Facebook post. The Congress refused to participate in an all-party meeting, called by Leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Thursday. On 24 July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asked the MPs to air their views freely on national issues, irrespective of their party affiliations.

Loss of money and time

If the disruption of the Monsoon session continues for 18 working days, it will cost tax payers an estimated Rs 35 crore. Each minute of a Parliament session costs approximately Rs 29,000.

The Rajya Sabha works for an average of five hours a day and the Lok Sabha for six hours. The disruptive tactics of the Opposition parties who are demanding the resignation of three top BJP leaders caught in big scandals, has meant about six per cent work and 94 per cent disruption so far.

First published: 24 July 2015, 12:24 IST