Freeze between Govt and Cong; No business in RS

RSTV Bureau
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Protest in Rajya Sabha with members of Congress taking to the Well of the upper house.

There was virtually no business in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday the whole day with the Congress members pitching a protest as soon the house proceedings began. Even the papers and the Minister’s statements were laid amid the opposition protest, who took to the Well of the house forcing two adjournments before the Upper house was adjourned for the day.

Agitated over the suspension of 25 of its members in Lok Sabha, an aggressive Congress on Tuesday launched a strong protest in Rajya Sabha against the BJP-led Union government.

Sporting black arm bands, the members of the principal opposition party raised slogans criticising the BJP-led government, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular.

Chuppi todo, Modi ji’ (Break your silence, Modi ji) and ‘We want justice’ were among the slogans of the protesting Congress members. The agitating MPs took to the aisles and then took to the Well on each three occasions when the house resumed before getting adjourned. The Congress members also raised their demands relating to the Vyapam and Lalit Modi issues.

Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien and later Chairman Dr. Hamid Ansari tried hard to bring some order but it was of avail as the Opposition, Congress party in particular, was firm in their protest. The day

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The members in the Treasury of the Upper House look on as Opposition keeps up its protest.

The protests in Rajya Sabha came a day after 25 Congress members were suspended for five days by the Lok Sabha Speaker, after she ruled that they were “persistently, wilfully obstructing the House”. The Congress MPs were protesting in Lok Sabha pressing the demands of resignation from Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Lalit Modi controversy and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan over ‘Vyapam’ scam.

Several opposition leaders too lent their support to the Congress party as they began their by protesting at Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises.

But the episode has further accentuated the freeze between the ruling BJP and the principal opposition Congress in an ongoing Monsoon session of the Parliament. The BJP in its Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday morning even passed a resolution against the Congress party accusing it of “obstructionist and anti-development policies”.

“BJP Parliamentary party condemns the obstructionist, narrow and anti-development mindset of Congress as it will have a serious and adverse influence in long term on the country which is emerging as an important economic power in the world,” said the BJP resolution passed in the meeting, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most of his ministerial colleagues.

(With inputs from the PTI)