As deadlock between the principal opposition party Congress and the government continued over the issue of Prime Minister Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day. The upper house will now meet on December 27 at 11:00 AM.
Though there were some signs of house resuming regular proceedings and holding discussion after members and ministers laid papers before the table, Congress party once again raised demands of brief adjournment to resolve the deadlock.
Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma demanded the house be adjourned till afternoon in order to hold discussions over the issue. But as other Congress MPs too began to join in, giving signs of protest, Chairman Venakaiah Naidu adjourned the proceedings till December 27.
Naidu kept urging the Congress members to take their seats and let the house function, also hoping the impasse will end.
For the straight fifth day the issue dominated the proceedings as Congress members again sought clarification from the Prime Minister.
In the heat of poll campaigning in Gujarat last week, Prime Minister Modi claimed that Manmohan Singh attended a “meeting” at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house in Delhi, where some retired officials from Pakistan high commission were also present, and issues relating to Gujarat elections were allegedly discussed.
Since then, the issue has been raised by Congress disrupting the proceedings of both the houses in the current Winter session of Parliament.
Even though a committee has been formed to look into the issue, both government and Congress have failed to arrive at a solution.