As expected, there was uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Monday morning over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand. The House was adjourned multiple times through the day after Congress along with the Left raised slogans against the BJP-led government and accused it of destabilising democratically-elected governments.
Leader of the Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the in the Upper House during the zero hour just as the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament resumed.
“The government has been provoking the Opposition with instances like Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh,” said Azad in Rajya Sabha demanding a discussion on the matter.
In response MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that since the matter was subjudice, it should not be discussed.
After hearing the response from the government which did not favour a discussion, Congress members along with the Left raised slogans against the BJP-led government on the Floor of the House.
Congress’ Anand Sharma stood up to say that the Centre used proclamation of President’s rule to disturb an elected government.
“We will discuss it. We will expose you,” he lashed out.
At this point, Leader of the House, Arun Jaitley asked Congress members to debate the issue when the proclamation comes up for discussion.
“It will come up for discussion before the House. This House will have an opportunity to discuss it. Therefore, when the proclamation comes up, please disucss it….But today, you cannot by an alternative motion anticipate a discussion which is to take place when the proclamation comes up. You cannot discuss it at the pre-proclamation stage,” Jaitley said.
Following protests and sloganeering, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien finally adjourned the House until noon.
When the House resumed at noon, the Opposition did not relent and continued their protests in the Question Hour. This forced Chairman of the House to adjourn it until 2 pm.
Protests continued even after 2 pm and the House had to be adjourned until 3 pm.
Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha, Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge and his partymen staged a dharna in the Well of the House as their notice for adjournment motion on the issue was rejected by the Chair.
“It is a murder of democracy,” Kharge said as the Lower House assembled for the day, telling Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that he has given a notice for an adjournment motion on the
issue. Members of JD(U) and AAP were also in the Well along with Congress.
“There appears to be a great hurry by the NDA to grab power in every state… don’t forget there is Constitution… you could have waited for the March 28 floor test but you imposed President’s Rule on March 27,” Kharge accused.
Later, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the “crisis” in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh were not created by the NDA or BJP.
“It is an internal crisis of their party,” Rajnath clarified welcoming Speaker’s decision that the issue cannot be raised in the present format as it is under consideration of the apex court.