No let up in protests, Rajya Sabha adjourns soon after Sushma’s statement

RSTV Bureau
Protests continue in Rajya Sabha on March 20, 2018. The House was adjourned soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement confirming the death of missing Indians in Iraq.

Protests continue in Rajya Sabha on March 20, 2018. The House was adjourned soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement confirming the death of missing Indians in Iraq.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after parties from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh continued to disrupt proceedings of the House over their state specific demands.

TDP and TRS members shouted slogans demanding a special status for Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu parties – DMK and AIADMK- raised the Cauvery water issue.

The protesting MPs from the AIADMK, DMK and TDP entered the Well of the House, soon after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement confirming the death of 39 missing Indians in Iraq. Post her statement, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad made brief remarks on issues the Opposition was interested in discussing on the floor of the House. He listed three issues – irregularities in the banks, special status for Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery water issue.

The Leader of Opposition also claimed that the government was not interested in discussing crucial issues.

Amid protests by TDP and TRS MPs, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said the government was ready to discuss all issues.

Goel said the Narendra Modi-led government had done good work and was “not afraid” of anything.

As the protesting members kept standing in the Well, Rajya Sabha Chiarman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day.

Not much business has been transacted in the Upper House in the second half of the Budget Session, which began on March 5.

(With inputs from PTI)