For the fourth consecutive day, Congress and other opposition parties disrupted proceedings in Rajya Sabha demanding action against Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti over her controversial remarks, forcing its adjournment till noon.
Immediately after Railway Minister Suresh Pradhu took oath, the entire Opposition was on its feet raising the issue.
Barely had the listed papers been laid, slogan shouting members rushed into the Well.
“Mantri to barkhast karo (sack the minister),” they shouted.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien took up Zero Hour mentions even as there was no relenting in slogan shouting.
Anand Sharma (Cong) said the opposition benches patiently heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the issue yesterday but want to know what action is the government has taken against the minister.
“It is for you and the government to sit together and come to a conclusion. What can I do,” Kurien said. “If the members don’t want the House to run, what can Chair do?”
Treasury benches protested saying the minister has already expressed apologies and Prime Minister made statement disapproving of the comments and so the House should resume its normal functioning.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Congress was stalling business of national importance despite Jyoti expressing regret.
With opposition members unrelenting, Kurien adjourned the House till 1200 hours.