Protests continue to stall Rajya Sabha proceedings

RSTV Bureau
File photo of protest in the Rajya Sabha.

File photo of protest in the Rajya Sabha.

The proceedings were washed out in the Rajya Sabha too as opposition parties and some ruling NDA allies continued their unrelenting protests over various issues including the banking scam, a special package to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery water dispute.

The upper house was adjourned for the fifth straight day as members of the Congress, TDP and AIADMK stormed the Well, carrying placards and raising slogans to press their demands.

The House was first adjourned within about 15 minutes after it had assembled in the morning till 2.30 PM, and then adjourned for the day due to the continued protests.

While Congress members led the charge against the multi-crore PNB fraud, members of Tamil Nadu parties – AIADMK and DMK – were demanding constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board for distribution of Cauvery river water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

TDP MPs and Congress member KVP Ramachandra Rao held posters demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh to make up for the deficit arising from carving out of Telengana.

The protests continued even at the time for Private Member’s Business at 2:30 PM as the agitating members could not be pacified even after repeated appeals by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

“This is private members’ business and not government business,” said Kurien.

Congress MP Pramod Tewari tried to raise point of order under rule 167 over the issue of PNB bank scam. But Kurien told him “You first ask your party members to go to their seats. I would allow you to do it.”

“One week has gone waste. This is no good. This is sad,” he said before adjourning the proceedings.

(With inputs from PTI)