The second day of the Budget Session saw a lot of commotion and disruption over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks and Adani stocks, therefore both Houses of Parliament were momentarily suspended. Shashi Tharoor, a Congress member, responded to the BJP’s demand for an apology for Rahul Gandhi’s remark about democracy at Cambridge University by criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor said, “did not say anything that requires an apology.” “He expressed concern about the state of our democracy & attacks on it by the practices of the ruling government.”
Aimed at PM Modi, Tharoor claimed that Gandhi’s remarks were “milder” than what the former had said in other nations. “This is milder than what PM Narendra Modi has said in foreign countries, he has constantly attacked Congress party, previous government, and alleged lack of progress before he came to power. This kind of discourse abroad was initiated by PM Modi not by Congress,” he added.
Shortly after the second day of the Budget Session began, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned due to the commotion caused by Rahul Gandhi’s remarks and Adani stocks. When Rahul Gandhi said that democracy in India was being attacked at Cambridge University, Union Minister Piyush Goyal demanded an apology from him. The opposition, however, urged that a joint parliamentary committee look into the Adani-Hindenburg matter.
In an intriguing turn of events, opposition parties protested separately on Tuesday against the Centre’s demand for JPC regarding the Adani Stocks issue. As BRS and AAP MPs carried placards, Congress MPs protested in a similar way, but apart from the BRS and AAP MPs. Similar to the TMC protest, no other opposition party joined the TMC MPs in seeking an investigation of Adani stocks at the Mahatma Gandhi sculptures inside the Parliament complex. The same aim but different agitation raises the possibility of a rift in the opposition’s unity, which has previously come under attack from the ruling BJP.