Chairman Naidu expresses anguish over display of placards in Rajya Sabha

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File photo of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday took a tough view on the display of placards inside the House. The Upper House has been facing uproar by the Opposition parties as well as the allies of BJP – TDP and AIADMK.

After the first adjournment of the House today shortly after the laying of papers by the ministers, the Chairman met floor leaders in his chamber and made it clear to them that he can’t run the house with some members holding placards.

“Display of placards and banners is done in bazar and it should not be done inside the House of Parliament. There is huge difference between bazar and Parliament. I can’t preside over if basic decorum is not observed in the House,” he said.

Almost all the parties in the country have been in power in States and in Centre at some point or the other. Parties should take seriously the concern of people about functioning of legislatures, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha told the party leaders.

“People are increasingly getting disturbed over bazar like situation inside legislatures. This needs to be stopped. Continuing with this unparliamentarily practices saying that party has done so in the past is not appropriate. All parties should realise their collective responsibility for ensuring dignity and decorum of Parliament. A beginning should be made by doing away with display of placards and banners inside the House,” he said.

Several leaders have shared the concern of Chairman Naidu in the meeting. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said he openly disapproved it when one of his party MP displayed placard in Rajya Sabha.

Venkaiah Naidu is likely to raise this issue in Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting today.