NEW DELHI: After a virtual washout for two weeks since the monsoon session started on July 18, the two Houses of Parliament are likely to get back to business next week with a debate on price rise, one of the key demands of the Opposition, sources said. Lok Sabha is likely to have the debate when the House reassembles on Monday, followed by Rajya Sabha.
Opposition leaders have been protesting inside and outside the House for a discussion on price rise, GST on daily essentials and some other issues. The agitation also got the opposition parties to close ranks even after the discordant notes seen during the presidential elections.
The protests also saw suspension of 23 members of Rajya Sabha and four from Lok Sabha for “unruly behaviour”. The suspended MPs had even started a 50-hour relay dharna within the Parliament premises on Wednesday.
If the Lok Sabha takes up the price-rise debate on Monday, followed by Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the opposition will be “finally able to get their way after agitating for 37 days to bring up the issues in the House”, according to TMC MP Derek O’Brien.
The Houses remained paralysed on Thursday and Friday over Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s ‘rashtrapatni‘ reference to President Droupadi Murmu subsequent to the Lok Sabha chamber face-off between Sonia Gandhi and Union minister Smriti Irani. The opposition parties stood firmly behind Sonia when she was targeted by BJP members.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi and leader of Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal had earlier said that the government was ready for a debate once finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was recovering from Covid, returned to work.