Outraged over not allowing farewell to retiring MPs, Chairman warns of tough action

RSTV Bureau
File photo of protests in Rajya Sabha. RSTV

File photo of protests in Rajya Sabha.

Deeply anguished over not allowing the house to bid farewell to the retiring members, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu met leaders and members of various parties in the house and conveyed his concerns besides indicating that he was running out of options.

The Chairman, who have on several occasions flagged repeated disruptions, told the leaders that in the current scenario he is being forced to take stringent action against disruptors.

In his plain speak, Shri Naidu questioned the rationale for prolonged disruptions when he agreed to allow discussion on each and every issue and when the opposition and ruling parties were ready for debates on various issues.

According to sources, Chairman’s efforts were aimed at mobilising the leaders and members of the parties who were keen for normal proceedings against members of parties hijacking the functioning and building up a case for action against disruptors if they did not mend their ways.

The leaders who met Naidu, shared his concern and supported action against disruptors. They asserted they too were exasperated by the turn of events in the House with some not allowing the house to function.

After today’s outreach of Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, sources said that chances of normal functioning of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday have substantially brightened further to the agitating parties agreeing to not enter the Well of the House, not carrying placards and resorting to other means of conveying their concerns without disturbing the proceedings.

During the discussions several suggestions were made to the Chairman including allowing the members into the Well of the House without placards, raising their demands from their respective seats, allowing the agitated members to stand in their places while farewell mentions were made etc. but the Chairman did not agree to them.