Ruckus in Parliament on UPSC issue over regional language aptitude test disadvantage

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 25 2014, 18:44pm hrs
Opposition today created ruckus in Parliament over the issue of regional language aspirants having disadvantage in Civil Services examination aptitude test conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice during Question Hour following Opposition's demand for a clarification by no other than the Prime Minister or the Leader of the House on the issue.

The matter figured in Lok Sabha too though it did not lead to any adjournment.

As soon as the Upper House assembled, Congress, SP, DMK and others raised the issue, but Chairman Hamid Ansari asked them to maintain silence for making a reference to the tragic incident in Telengana yesterday in which 14 students were killed.

The House observed a minute's silence as a mark of repect for the deaprted.

Soon after, the Oppostion raised the issue with some even proceeding to the well.

Ansari asked them not to come to the well and they abided by his advice, but vociferous protests went on.

The Chairman's repeated requests to maintain order went in vain and he adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

The scene did not change much when the House reassembled. Some members from treasury benches tried to pacify the Opposition with the assurance that the concerned minister would come to the House and give a statement post noon.

Telecom and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government was serious about the issue.

"Why at 12 and not now" asked Satyavrat Chaturvedi (Cong) and as the din continued, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.