The Rajya Sabha was adjourned shortly amidst protests after Parliament resumed after a month-long recess.
Leader of the House Piyush Goyal in his speech targetted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his recent remarks in London, following which there were heated arguments between treasury and Opposition benches. Goyal alleged that one Opposition leader tried to show the country in a bad light while travelling abroad.
Goyal demanded that Rahul Gandhi come to the Parliament House and offer an apology to the members of the house and to the people of India.
The Opposition members questioned Goyal even as Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said everyone has a right to place their views in the House.
While speaking to the media outside the house, Goyal said, “India is the mother of democracy, a proud and glorious country. A prominent Opposition leader goes abroad and attacks Indian democracy. He has insulted the people of India and the Parliament. Rahul Gandhi should apologise in Parliament over the comments. There is freedom of speech in India, and MPs can speak in Parliament.
Goyal further stated that Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the speaker of the House for his comments, in which he stated that opposition voices are being stifled in the Indian parliament.
The union minister said, “Our democracy works on sound principles. He has humiliated the Indian parliament on foreign soil. I strongly condemn the comments he made about our Parliament. Again, I will say he should come back and apologise to the House and the Speaker”.
While addressing a lecture at Cambridge University in London , Rahul; Gandhi has said, “Everybody knows and it’s been in the news a lot that Indian democracy is under pressure and under attack. I am an Opposition leader in India, and we are navigating that (Opposition) space. The institutional framework that is required for a democracy—the Parliament, free press, the judiciary, just the idea of mobilisation, moving around all are getting constrained. So, we are facing an attack on the basic structure of Indian democracy.”
The second-half of the Budget session has resumed from Monday after a month long recess.
The first half of the Budget session also faced repeated disruptions and adjournments due to protests by Opposition and demand for JPC probe in the Adani issue.