Rajya Sabha proceedings disrupted again over CBI row

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New Delhi: Opposition members protest in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019. (RSTV grab via PTI)

New Delhi: Opposition members protest in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019. (RSTV grab via PTI)

Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted on Tuesday for the second day in a row amid protests by opposition parties over the alleged misuse of the CBI in West Bengal.

As soon as the House resumed proceedings in the afternoon, members of the TMC, Samajwadi Party and Congress trooped into the Well raising slogans.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh urged the opposition members to allow discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. He also said the members can raise issues under laid down rules and procedures of the House.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel, while citing the Supreme Court order on the matter, said there was no need for opposition MPs to protest within the House.

When the opposition did not relent in its protest, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House for the day.

Earlier in the day too the House was adjourned until 2 pm owing to protests and disruption of proceedings. TMC MPS along with Congress MPs began their protest as soon as the officials papers were laid on the table.

TMC MP Derek O’Brien stood up to raise the CBI issue.

The Chairman said he had not accepted the notices given by different members on this issue, but permitted Derek O’Brien to speak on the matter during Zero Hour.

However, some other members started raising their points while Congress MPs stood up to protest.

Repeated requests of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu regarding maintaining order in the House, fell through.

Soon members from the Opposition were seen raising slogans and trooped into the well. Some Congress members were in the aisle before the adjournment of the House.

As the repeated request for continuation of scheduled business went unheard, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House till 2 PM.

Soon after ministers laid on table the listed papers, TMC member

Goel also urged members to start the discussion on the President’s address and also charged that constitutional crisis was being created in West Bengal.

(PTI)