Parliament Live: Rahul agrees to vacate bungalow; both Houses adjourned for the day

Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (March 28) wrote to the Deputy Secretary, MS Branch, Lok Sabha Secretariat, saying he would “abide by the details” contained in the letter asking him to vacate his government bungalow since he was no longer an MP.

“As an elected Member of Lok Sabha over last 4 terms, it is the mandate of the people to which I owe the happy memories of my time spent here. Without prejudice to my rights, I will, of course, abide by the details contained in your letter,” Rahul wrote in his reply.

Lashing out at the Centre over its attempts to “scare, threaten, and humiliate” Rahul Gandhi, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said he was free to live with his mother Sonia Gandhi or could approach him and he would “vacate” an accommodation for him.

Shortly after resuming session at 2 pm, both Houses of the Parliament had to be adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday (March 29) amid Opposition sloganeering. Earlier, both Houses were adjourned till 2 pm amid protests by opposition parties against Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha and in support of their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani issue.

The Congress plans to take out a ‘Mashal March’ from Red Fort to Delhi’s Town Hall in the evening in mark of its protest against Rahul’s disqualification. Party chief Mallikarjun Kharge and prominent leaders will participate in the rally.

In the morning, Kharge held a meeting with the party’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs – all of whom came dressed in black in a mark of protest against Rahul’s disqualification – to discuss the next course of action.

The BJP also held a Parliamentary Party meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Late on Monday (March 27) night, leaders of at least 18 opposition parties met at the residence of Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge in New Delhi and alleged that the BJP-led government is destroying democracy. They also decided to continue with their campaign against the Narendra Modi government.

Among the parties that were represented at the meeting, which was followed by dinner, were the DMK, NCP, JD(U), BRS, CPI(M), CPI, AAP, MDMK, KC, TMC, RSP, RJD, NC, IUML, VCK, SP and JMM.

During the meeting, all parties agreed to continue floor coordination, demand for a JPC probe into the Adani issue, and continue their protest donning black clothes.

Reports said the Opposition leaders resolved not to make sensitive comments on issues like VD Savarkar, to avoid any friction among themselves.

Taking exception to Rahul’s statement against Savarkar at his Saturday press briefing, the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) skipped the meeting in protest.

“To save one man, Modiji is trampling the interests of 140 Cr people. To protect PMs Param Mitr, BJP stalls Parliament that discusses peoples issues. If NO wrong is committed, why is govt shying away from oppositions demand for a probe by Joint Parliamentary Committee?” Kharge wrote on Twitter after the meeting.