New Delhi: The first day of Parliament’s Monsoon Session on Monday turned tumultuous as issues including Pegasus Spyware and fuel prices were raised by the Opposition in the Houses. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 3:30 pm and 3 pm, respectively. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also lashed out at the Opposition for creating chaos when he was introducing new ministers in both the Lower and Upper Houses.
Modi states that such a “negative mindset” has never been seen in Parliament.
The Opposition started to raise slogans as soon as the PM started to introduce the new ministers in Lok Sabha.
PM Modi was dismayed by the protests which happened when he was stating that it was a proud moment that so many people from the OBC, SC, and STs communities were now part of the government.
“It seems some people cannot digest that more women, SC, ST, and OBC community members are becoming ministers”, Modi said, and noted that several new ministers are children of farmers and also belong to OBC communities,
The situation was the same in the upper house as the Opposition started shouting slogans.
This led the Prime Minister to yet again attack the Opposition as he echoed his Lok Sabha remarks.
“It is a matter of pride that people from rural India, who come from ordinary families have taken oath as ministers. But some people don’t want ministers to be introduced. They also have an anti-women mindset since they do not want women ministers to be introduced to the House,” he said.
“Such a negative mindset has never been seen in Parliament,” Modi said in Rajya Sabha.
The session was expected to start on a rough note especially after the investigative reports on the use of Pegasus software that was published on Sunday which claimed that phone numbers of over 40 journalists were hacked using the spyware that is sold by an Israeli firm, NSO.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said before the start of the session that the issue will be raised by his party in the Parliament.
“Our national security is under threat. I will definitely raise the Pegasus spyware issue in the House,” Chowdhury told ANI.
Communist Party of India (CPI) Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam, and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh on Monday have given a suspension of business notice under rule 267 over revelations of the scale of Pegasus spyware.
With inputs from PTI