INDIA: Opposition parties held protests in both houses of Parliament over inflation and a sudden hike in the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This led to a forceful adjournment of the Parliament till 2 p.m. This Lok Sabha is ahead to discuss the Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi for finding an escape in the matter of price hikes. At the same time, other opposition parties joined him in the protest. The entire protest was made outside the Parliament House, near the Mahatma Gandhi statue. MP’s held red banners that read, “Gabbar Singh Strikes Again”. Some have pointed out the issue of ‘High inflation, continuous price rise badly affecting common citizens. How will they survive?’
This whole protest was made to criticise the Central government. They have raised slogans seeking a discussion on the issues. Rahul Gandhi tweeted against the dedication made by the government, “Rupee crossed 80 (to the dollar). The gas cylinder man is asking for Rs 1,000. There were 1.3 crore unemployed people in June. Now, the GST burden on food grains too. No one can stop us from raising public issues. The government will have to answer.” Gandhi even referred to the Modi government as “extortionist”.
On the other hand, AAP MPs from both Lok and Rajya Sabha opposed the Union government for not permitting the party’s chief leader, Arvind Kejriwal, to travel to Singapore for the World Cities Summit.
Speaker OM Birla raised his voice against the insurrection and said, “As per rules, it is not allowed to bring placards inside the house”. Birla accused a Congress MP, saying, “You are holding the House rule book while protesting and breaking the same rules. Read the book.”