Lok Sabha adjourned till July 26


Guwahati: The Lok Sabha was adjourned till Monday over protests by Opposition parties over the Pegasus row. It all started after Trinamool Congress’s Santanu Sen was suspended from the Parliament’s Monsoon Session on Friday, a day after he snatched and tore the Pegasus statement of IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in the Rajya Sabha.

Earlier, hitting out at the government on the Pegasus snooping scandal, Rahul Gandhi, while addressing reporters from outside the Parliament, said the Pegasus spyware “is a weapon classified by Israeli states to use against terrorists”. “PM and home minister have used Pegasus against us. This has to be investigated and the home minister must resign,” he added.

Both Houses of the Parliaments were adjourned on Thursday following sloganeering by opposition members over various issues, including the farm laws and the Pegasus snooping case.

Opposition MPs, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led protests against the newly implemented farm laws at the Gandhi statue inside the Parliament’s premises on Thursday. For the first time since the vandalism at Red Fort on January 26, a small group from among the farmers camping at Delhi’s borders were allowed to enter the city to commence a protest at Jantar Mantar.

Outside the Parliament, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that if farmer unions pointed out their objections to the provisions of the three farm laws they were protesting against, the government would be ready to discuss them with an “open mind”.