Rajya Sabha adjourns twice after noisy Congress protests

By: | Published: August 7, 2015 4:46 PM

Amid continued protests by Congress, proceedings of the pre-lunch session in Rajya Sabha were washed out again today as its members created ruckus to protest the 'dictatorial' attitude of government in suspending its 25 Lok Sabha MPs.

RAJYA SABHAAmid continued protests by Congress, proceedings of the pre-lunch session in Rajya Sabha were washed out again today as its members created ruckus to protest the ‘dictatorial’ attitude of government in suspending its 25 Lok Sabha MPs. (PTI)

Amid continued protests by Congress, proceedings of the pre-lunch session in Rajya Sabha were washed out again today as its members created ruckus to protest the ‘dictatorial’ attitude of government in suspending its 25 Lok Sabha MPs.

The Zero Hour and Question Hour could not be taken up as Congress members entered the Well and raised slogans, forcing the Chair to adjourn the House twice within minutes after it met.

When the House met after the first adjournment for Question Hour, Chairman Hamid Ansari’s pleas for restoring order fell on deaf ears. SP member Naresh Agrawal, who had earlier sought to raise the issue of three BJP MPs writing to Chairman seeking action against Congress members protesting against Lalitgate, Vyapam scam and other issues, again tried to raise the matter, saying the House has no tradition of suspending members.

Congress members soon trooped into the Well and started raising slogans like “Tanashahi nahi chalegi (dictatorial attitude will not be tolerated)”, “Modishahi nahin chalegi”, “Modi model nahin chalega” and “Kala dhan kahan gaya, Chhota Modi kha gaya” (where did the blackmoney go, little Modi has gobbled it up).

Chairman Ansari asked members not to shout slogans saying “this is unbecoming”.

As members of opposition and treasury benches indulged in heated exchanged, he said, “The members know the rules well. We don’t need to teach rules”. He then adjourned the House till 1430 hours.

Earlier in the morning, there was pandemonium in the Upper House soon after it mourned the death of former member Jagannath Singh and paid homage to freedom fighters.

After the laying of papers, Agarwal (SP) raised the issue of three BJP members giving notice seeking action against Congress MPs for raising slogans and trooping into the Well regularly.

The SP member alleged that the BJP MPs are trying to “pressurise” the Chairman by writing to him demanding action against the Congress members under rules 255 and 256 for entering the Well of the House. Rule 255 relates to Chairman asking any member whose conduct is in his opinion grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the Council, while Rule 256 relates to the Chairman suspending a member who disregards the authority of the Chair or abuses rules of the Council by persistently and willfully obstructing the business.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked Agarwal how he got a copy of the letter written by BJP MPs, slogan-shouting Congress members trooped into the Well of the House and raised slogans.

As unrelenting Congress members continued to raise slogans, Kurien adjourned the House till 1200 hours.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi charged the Congress with not wanting to participate in a discussion on the issues it was raising.

He said Congress members, who have a “feudal mindset”, are unable to “digest” the good work done by Modi government for the welfare of poor and were thus creating disturbance in the House to derail the growth progress.

“Congress party is acting as a roadblock to development and are uncessarily disturbing Parliamentary process,” he said.

Rajya Sabha has failed to transact any business ever since it met for the Monsoon session from July 21. The Congress has upped its protests by boycotting the Lower House and staging a dharna inside the Parliament complex since 25 of its Lok Sabha MPs were suspended by the Speaker on Monday.

The House today also paid homage to martyrs of freedom struggle on the eve of 73rd annniversary of the Quit India movement, with Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioning that August 9 would mark the 73rd arriversary of the clarion call given by Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi for the British rulers to Quit India in 1942.

Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the memory of the martyrs.

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