Parliament adjourns for a day on first day of monsoon session
Just this year, the Parliament lost two eminent personalities in Vinod Khanna and Anil Dave, who passed away. file photo.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari described the terror strike last Monday that killed eight pilgrims as "cowardly" and wanted strong action against terrorists.
Before the Lok Sabha started proceedings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the Opposition benches and greeted leaders like Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav and National Conference's Farooq Abdulla.
While Modi was seen speaking with Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj engaged Gandhi in a long chat.
Mourning the Amarnath victims, Ansari said, "No words are strong enough to condemn this inhuman, barbaric and heinous act. The yatra, which symbolizes peace and harmony, is, however, continuing and the resilient attitude of the people in the face of such adversity is to be appreciated."
Condemning "cowardly and senseless" act, he said, "let us reiterate our firm resolve to fight terrorism with determination."
The Upper House also expressed their grief at the death of two sitting members -- Dave and Reddy -- and six former members -- Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, P N Sukul, Dr Dasari Narayana Rao, Era Sezhiyan, Dr C Narayana Reddy and U K Lakshmana Gowda, who hailed from Karnataka.
The House also mourned the death of several persons in torrential rains and floods in several parts of the country including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand in June and July.
In Lok Sabha, members paid respect to the Khanna, Dave and some former members who passed away recently.
As the House met on the first day of the monsoon session, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty took oath as members of Lok Sabha.
While Farooq won the Srinagar seat bypoll, Kunhalikutty registered victory from Malappuram constituency. Abdullah took oath in Kashmiri, while Kunhalikutty preferred English.