Budget Session: Lok Sabha adjourned till March 9

Lok Sabha

New Delhi, February 9: The Lok Sabha on Thursday was adjourned till March 9, marking the end of the first half of the Budget Session.

The budget session began on January 31 with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing the joint sitting of Parliament.

The General Budget, merged with Railway Budget for the first time in the history of independent India, was presented on February 1.

Earlier in the day Congress staged a walkout from Lok Sabha over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “raincoat” jibe against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, demanding an apology for it.

Raising this issue during Zero Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said Modi’s remarks were unbecoming of a Prime Minister and “not good for parliamentary democracy”.

Modi on Wednesday said Manmohan Singh knew the “art of bathing wearing a raincoat”, triggering uproar in the Rajya Sabha.

“The Prime Minister should not use such language against a former Prime Minister,” Kharge said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar countered him, saying an issue of the Rajya Sabha can’t be raised in the Lok Sabha.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan agreed with Kumar.

Soon after, the Congress members trooped near the Speaker’s podium and started shouting slogans against Modi demanding his apology.

The Speaker urged them not to disturb the house but the Congress members didn’t relent and walked out.

Wefornews Bureau (with IANS inputs)

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