Parliament monsoon session
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Parliament (file picture)IANS

Both the Houses of Parliament were disrupted repeatedly on the second day of monsoon session as the opposition members continued with their protests in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in connection with the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam scam.

As the session started in Lok Sabha on the first working day (the House was adjourned for the day on Tuesday after obituary references), opposition members stormed the well of the House with placards, ignoring Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's warning of action.

Members of Congress and Left demanded ouster of Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over Lalitgate controversy, along with the removal of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in connection with the Vyapam (or MPPEB) recruitment and admission racket.

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily moved an adjournment motion in the House on the issue of former Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi, which was rejected by the speaker.

Leaders of almost all opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, trooped to the speaker's podium wearing black bands and carrying placards. As Mahajan tried to conduct the Question Hour, the members started shouting slogans, forcing her to adjourn the House till noon.

When the house reassembled, Mahajan cautioned the members of disciplinary action for carrying placards. As the opposition continued with sloganeering and displaying placards, the speaker again adjourned the house till 2pm.

The ruckus continued when the house re-assembled at 2 pm following which deputy speaker Thambi Durai adjourned it for the day.

RS adjourns thrice over Lalit Modi, Vyapam issues
Rajya Sabha also adjourned thrice in the pre-noon session after uproar over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam admission and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh.

The BJP members wanted a discussion on the Lalit Modi issue to be initiated immediately saying they did not want the opposition members to speak on the adjournment motion that they had moved on the two issues.

The government also reiterated that there will be no resignations, even as the opposition remained adamant that there would no discussion in the House until the concerned individuals resigned.

As the session started on the second day, the Bahujan Samaj Party sought permission to speak on the issues of Lalit Modi and Vyapam scam.

Finance Minister and Leader of House Arun Jaitley said the debate should be taken up immediately. However, the din continued and the House was adjourned for 15 minutes.

When the House resumed, BSP leader Mayawati accused Swaraj and Raje of helping Lalit Modi. She said the government was not ready to take action against both the female leaders as well as against Chouhan for Vyapam scam, which she said "is not a state issue, but a national issue".

Sushma's counter attack on Congress
Earlier in the day, to counter the Congress attack, Swaraj tweeted in the morning that a senior party leader had pressed her to give diplomatic passport to his colleague who is a scam accused.