In an unprecedented turn of events, Opposition MPs refused to vacate the House even after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu ordered adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.
In an unprecedented turn of events, Opposition MPs refused to vacate the House even after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu ordered adjournment of the Rajya Sabha. The MPs were irate after Naidu decided to adjourn House against the act of some AIADMK protesting inside the Well of the house. The MPs, who refused to leave the house, contested that Naidu could have taken action against the AIADMK MPs instead if adjourning the House.
The upper house was adjourned amid noisy protests by AIADMK and TDP members over various issues even as most members wanted to bid farewell to about 40 retiring colleagues.
As soon as the Chair announced adjournment, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad was heard urging members not to leave the House and remain seated.
Most of the members, including those from the BJP and opposition parties, remain seated. However, most of the members from treasury benches left the House after about 10 minutes.
The leader of the House and Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, was seen interacting with several opposition members including Azad. At around 12 pm, all the protesting Congress and BSP members too left the House. Earlier in the day, Naidu first adjourned the House for 15 minutes following a protest by AIADMK and TDP. As the House reassembled, Naidu made an appeal to protesting AIADMK members to sit down and let the farewell process start, however, the MPs didn’t listen to the speaker’s appeal and remained standing. The MPs sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was present in the House.
As AIADMK members did not relent, Naidu adjourned the House for the day. The entire opposition expressed surprise over the abrupt adjournment.
Naidu has adjourned the House a number of times in the current session. Miffed by continuous protests in the House, the Rajya Sabha Chairman recently called off the dinner he was scheduled to host for the members of the Upper House on Wednesday. A report said that preparations for the dinner were completed last week and the invitation cards were kept ready.