People asking why not adjourn House sine die: RS Chairman on disruptions

Rajat Kain

File photo of protests in Rajya Sabha. RSTV

File photo of protests in Rajya Sabha.
RSTV

People of the country have been let down, said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressing his deep anguish over repeated disruptions in the upper house, where third week too was washed out due to repeated adjournments. Chairman Naidu also pondered will the house continue to witness protest in the coming days as well.

“As chairman I tried everything that I could but to no result… All sections of the house need to introspect as to why as the upper house of Parliament we have let down the people of the country for the last three weeks,” he said this morning.

All sections of the House need to introspect as to why as the upper house of Parliament we have let down the people of the country for the last three weeks, the Chairman urged the house.

Assuring once again that the chair is willing to hold discussion on all the issues brought to the house with proper rules, Naidu remarked that protest for “couple of days” is understandable but continuous disruptions for three long weeks “has no justification”.

“For how long do you keep on justifying the resent wrong based on past. People of the country are aspiring for a certain change. Should the change not begin with the Rajya Sabha, the House of Elders?” he asked.

The Chairman had already tried to break the impasse meeting leaders of several parties and even the government floor leaders.

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha. PTI/RSTV

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.
PTI/RSTV

“I have been getting calls and queries from well wishers of Parliament asking me why House is not adjourned Sine Die. I tell them it is not in my hands. I am pained that even private members business was not allowed during last weeks. Would then next week be any different?,” the Chairman said.

However, there was some break from the protest as the house unanimously passed the Payment of Gratuity Amendment Bill without discussion on Thursday. The semblance of normality was short lived, as the disruptions on the issue of PNB fraud, Andhra Pradesh special status and Cauvery water dispute again paralysed the proceedings of the House.

Making his disappointment known in clear terms, the Chairman said he has left to the leaders of all sides to “reflect and decide if you are going to change for better”.

(With inputs from Kriti Mishra)