Both Houses of Parliament witnessed protests and disruption of proceedings on Friday. Both the Houses have been adjourned until December 27.
The proceedings in Parliament were disrupted for 8th consecutive over a variety of issues, including the latest snooping row, the Rafale jet deal and Cauvery dam.
The Rajya Sabha was initially adjourned till 2.30 pm as two Tamil parties – the AIADMK and DMK – continued their protest over the Cauvery issue, while the Opposition Congress and treasury benches argued over the Rafale jet deal.
As soon as the House met, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to all members to cooperate in the smooth functioning of the House as discussion on several urgent matters as well as passage of important bills were pending.
His plea went unheeded as AIADMK and DMK members trooped into the well of the House with placards soon after listed papers and reports were tabled. Members of AAP were also seen in the well carrying placards, demanding an end to the sealing drive in the national capital.
As protesting members continued displaying placards, Chairman Naidu said he has received suggestions against members who are entering into the well of the House.
“I will not be happy to take action,” he said. The Chairman later adjourned the House till 2.30 pm.
Later, when the House reconvened, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir and government’s move to allow 10 agencies to intercept information on computers.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the authorisation was given under 2009 rules and dismissed opposition’s charge of snooping, saying they were playing with national security and “making a mountain where even a molehill doesn’t exist”.
Azad alleged that “undeclared Emergency has taken final shape” and “all federal agencies have been let loose”.
Jaitley hit back saying Congress was crying foul over powers created by it when it was in government.
Amid slogan shouting by opposition members, unhappy with government’s response, the House was adjourned for the day.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha proceedings were again disrupted as AIADMK, TDP and Congress members protested over various issues, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourning the House for the day.
The Lower House will now meet on December 27 as there would be no session on December 24 and December 26 in view of Christmas.
As soon as the Zero Hour began, members from AIADMK, TDP and Congress trooped into the Well, displaying placards and shouting slogans. Members from the AIADMK protested against proposed construction of a dam across Cauvery River. TDP members sought to raise issues related to Andhra Pradesh, those from the Congress demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.
Earlier in the day, papers as well as reports of various committees were tabled. Besides, five members spoke on various issues during the Zero Hour.