As the Upper House congregated at 2 pm after an earlier adjournment, Union Minister and Leader of the House Piyush Goyal reiterated the government’s stance that Gandhi must apologize for his remarks. In the Lok Sabha, BJP members raised slogans demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi, while the Congress-led opposition waved placards with quotes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign trips. The proceedings of both houses of Parliament have been adjourned for the day due to the government’s demand that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi apologize for seeking intervention from the US and European nations over India’s “disappearing” democracy.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with his top ministers, including Pralhad Joshi and Piyush Goyal. Narendra Singh Tomar, Kiren Rijiju, Anurag Thakur, and Nitin Gadkari are in the Parliament today. Meanwhile, leaders of 16 opposition parties met in the Parliament complex this morning and decided to step up their demand for a JPC on the Adani issue.
Also, the Congress party today gave a notice for raising a breach of privilege against union minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal, a day after he attacked its senior leader and Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi over his remarks in London that “democracy” is under attack in India. Without naming Gandhi, Goyal said on Monday that a senior Opposition leader had attacked India’s democracy in a shameless manner in a foreign country. He had alleged that the opposition leader had insulted the Indian Army, Indian Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker, Election Commission, judiciary, and media on foreign soil.