New Delhi: While the Lok Sabha adjourned within eight minutes of meeting on Thursday as a mark of respect for former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away earlier this week, the Rajya Sabha continued to see disruptions with Congress members shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Amid the disruptions, home minister Rajnath Singh managed to make a statement linking the Gurdaspur attack to Pakistan, saying the three terrorists had infiltrated from across the border and the government will remain committed to prevent such occurrences. Singh’s statements came amid the din made by opposition members which prompted deputy chairman P.J. Kurien to say: “This is terrorist attack. There is no politics in it. Why do you bring politics in this?"

The Congress’ deputy leader in the House, Anand Sharma, said the opposition did not want to listen to just an account of the terrorist attack. “We are very clear that the country has still been kept in the dark by the Prime Minister as to what were the assurances given by Pakistan that he agreed for talks with Pakistan Prime Minister and what transpired in those discussions," he said. Read more

Meanwhile, a meeting of leaders from all parties that was called for by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan failed to end the Parliamentary logjam, signalling a washout of the entire monsoon session. Mint reports that most parties demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government should have been the one calling for such a meeting and it should do so at the earliest, with Modi in attendance. Singh indicated that the government was ready to convene an all-party meeting to discuss contentious issues.

Mahajan had called for the meeting to ensure consensus against using “undignified" modes of protests, like members raising placards in the House or rushing into the Well. However, the Congress made it clear that it will not allow the House to function unless external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers embroiled in controversies do not resign.

Reports have emerged that the Congress is also angry over Lok Sabha TV’s alleged “blackout" of their daily protests inside the House. With Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi particularly keen to make an impact against the Modi government, this has irked the Congress top brass.

Meanwhile, an opposition MP submitted a censure motion against Swaraj saying she misused her office to aid former IPL chief Lalit Modi. Read more

In an interview to The Indian Express, minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman said that “every available option will be used" to pass bills within the House. “We will go through the process. Now the bill (land bill) is with the joint parliamentary committee, let it come out with its report. I hope good sense will prevail."

Here are some of the issues and bills that are supposed to come up before both Houses:

Lok Sabha: Finance minister Arun Jaitley will move the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015 which defined promissory notes, bills of exchange and cheques. BJP MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will raise discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Rajya Sabha: Union minister Jitendra Singh will move the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 which makes it mandatory to get prior sanction for prosecuting serving and former public officials. He will also introduce the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Act, 2015.

Woman and child development minister Maneka Gandhi will move the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015 which will allow 16-18 year olds to be tried as adults in case of heinous crimes.

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