Lok Sabha sees business after week-long washout

After a week-long washout, Lok Sabha transacted some business on Monday as two bills were introduced and another taken up for consideration even as Congress and some other parties continued their vociferous protests, along with display of placards.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 28, 2015, 01:07 AM IST

New Delhi: After a week-long washout, Lok Sabha transacted some business on Monday as two bills were introduced and another taken up for consideration even as Congress and some other parties continued their vociferous protests, along with display of placards.

The House also saw parties coming together to condemn the attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab this morning and emphasising that all the force should be used against terrorism which still poses threat to the country.

Members of Akali Dal, BJP, CPI(M) and BJD spoke on the attack during the Zero Hour amidst the din created by members of Congress, NCP, Left, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, RJD, JD(U) and TRS over various issues.

Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge also wanted to speak then but was disallowed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as his colleagues were shouting slogans and displaying placards.

However, he spoke later, condemning the attack and alleging intelligence failure on part of the Centre.

While members of Congress, with black bands tied on their arms and holding placards, along with some other parties, were shouting slogans in the Well, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley re-introduced The Negotiable Instruments Bill, 2015, over which the government had brought ordinance last month.

The bill provides for trial in cheque bounce cases at the place where the cheque was presented for clearance and not the place of issue.

It had been promulgated as it could not be passed by Rajya Sabha during the last Budget session after being approved by Lok Sabha.

Law Minister Sadananda Gowda also introduced The Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015 providing for scrapping of 295 obsolete laws, including an 1898 Act which discriminates against lepers.

Three questions were also taken up amidst the din.

The House also took up discussion on The Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which once implemented, would allow transferring civil suits, valued up to Rs 2 crore, to the nine district courts in Delhi from the high court.