Rajya Sabha saw protest from Congress party and its allies in the opposition over the issues of Prime Minister Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and disqualification of rebel JD (U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari. With opposition members refusing to give in, the Upper House was adjourned for the day by Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien soon after it met at 2:30 PM for Private Members’ Bill.
The house was first adjourned at 11:41 AM over the issue of disqualification of JD(U) rebel leaders. But soon as the house proceedings resumed at 12 noon, Congress members raised noisy protest on the issue of PM Modi’s remarks against Manmohan Singh.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had first raised the issue of disqualification of Yadav and Ansari at which Chairman Venkaiah Naidu told him that the ruling cannot be subject to any discussion. Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal and Neeraj Shekhar too raised the issue but Naidu promptly told them that “Chairman’s ruling cannot be disussed in the house”.
As the protest intensified with some Opposition members, aligned to Congress, taking to the Well of the House, the Chairman adjourned the house till noon.
As house resumed at noon, Azad sought adjournment demanding that house take up discussion on Prime Minister Modi’s remarks at an election rally in Gujarat this Sunday where he had claimed that former PM Manmohan Singh, former Vice President Hamid Ansari and ex-army chief along with other retired bureaucrats had met some Pakistani ex-offcials at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer’s residence where Gujarat polls were discussed.
As the Chairman rejected Azad’s notice seeking adjournment of proceedings, the protest resumed leading to the adjournment of Upper House till 2:30 PM.
The issue has already generated war of words between Congress and the BJP.
The other issue was of the disqualification of rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar. Giving a ruling on December 4 after a petitioned was moved by the JD(U), the Chairman had disqualified both the leaders from their Rajya Sabha membership.
The Rajya Sabha chairman agreed to the JDU’s contention that the two senior leaders had “voluntarily given up” their membership by defying their party’s directives and attending events of opposition parties.
The JDU had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its direction.
Sharad Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD(U) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kuamar had dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar and tied up with the BJP in July this year.
Yadav was elected to the House last year and his term was scheduled to end in 2022. Anwar’s term was to expire early next year.
Yadav, who had been a JDU president and Ansari have challenged the order in Delhi High Court. The matter is expected to be taken up today afternoon.