Protest enters third week, forces RS adjournment for another day

RSTV Bureau
Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha. PTI/RSTV

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha.
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Disruptions led to the complete washout of proceedings in the Upper House on Monday, eleventh day in a row after the resumption of the second leg of Budget session. The disruptions continued despite Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s assurance to allow discussion on all the issues.

The government too has also agreed for discussion on the all the issues raised by the members in the Upper House, which has been seeing a repeated disruptions on the issue of PNB fraud, Andhra Pradesh issue and Cauvery dispute.

Soon after the papers were laid on the table, Andhra parties led by the TDP and KVP Ramachandra Rao of the Congress trooped into the Well shouting slogans for special status for the state.

Tamil Nadu parties – DMK and AIADMK – also took to the Well raising the Cauvery water issue.

All this while, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu repeatedly urged members to allow the House and let the proceedings resume saying, “This is not in the interest of the country, this is not in the interest of Parliament… we have become a laughing stock because of the repeated adjournments”.

The Chairman has been expressing his deep anguish over the way repeated disruptions are forcing adjournments in the house.

The government, he said, too was willing to discuss and “so where is the problem?”. “How long will this continue? People have already started criticising (Parliament functioning),” the Chairman said.

But as the protesting MPs refuse to budge and remained on the Well, the house was adjourned till Tuesday morning.