Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Friday after another day of very little business transacted in the house. The Upper House will meet again on Monday, August 3. Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien adjourned the house on Friday afternoon after the spells of pandemonium with both Opposition and the government unable to reach any middle ground.
While the principal opposition party continues to be adamant on its demand for the resignation of top BJP leaders facing the heat of alleged scams, the Narendra Modi government is still digging its heels in their defence rejecting the demands of an ouster.
The pace for day was set early in the morning itself with members of the Congress party taking to the aisles and raising slogans against BJP-led Union government.
The Opposition members once again sought action against Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje for allegedly helping out controversial former IPL head Lalit Modi. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan too is facing the opposition protest over the massive recruitment and admission ‘Vyapam’ scam.
The Congress party took on the government demanding the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over action taken against the leaders in question.
“The business of the House should be adjourned and the Prime Minister should come to the House and tell us what action he has taken for resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister in the Vyapam scam. If Prime Minister comes and announces resignation, then we will listen,” Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
But the government was quick to reject the demand with MoS Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saying that the opposition members were disrupting the proceedings every day on the same issue even though the government has made it clear that it was ready for a discussion.
“Nobody will resign; we have said it many times. Modi government will not act on baseless allegations,” Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said intensifying an impasse.
“This government is not functioning to oblige you. We are ready for a discussion. You are running away from a debate,” Mr. Naqvi added further.
Soon, the Congress members raised their protest by advancing to the Well of the House, leading to an adjournment for a brief while.
Earlier during the proceedings, leader of the Opposition Mr. Azad attempted to drive home the point and at the same time criticise the incumbent government by citing how an External Affairs minister in the Narasimha Rao government (1991-96) had to resign after the opposition had demanded so.
“I told the Prime Minister about the opposition demand, the Foreign Minister resigned and we announced the same in Parliament,” he said, recalling that Atal Behari Vajpayee was then the leader of Opposition.
However, the stalemate continued leading to the house being finally adjourned till Monday.
(With inputs from the PTI)