Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the third straight day on Wednesday as ruckus over Delhi riots continued to overshadow proceedings in the House even as the government agreed to Opposition parties’ demand for a discussion on the violence.
Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes as Congress and other Opposition parties demanded an immediate discussion on riots in the national capital, forcing adjournment of the proceedings.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has not accepted notices from opposition members under Rule 267 that requires setting aside of the listed agenda of the day to take up a discussion on the issue being raised. But considering the seriousness of the issue, a debate on the Delhi violence will be taken up after Holi.
“I will be holding a discussion with the Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition on the time and under which rule should the debate take place after Holi,” he said leading to protests from opposition benches who wanted an immediate discussion.
Chairman Naidu asked members to take their seats and said there would be a discussion but the rule under which such a debate should take place as well as the procedure has to be decided.
He went on to state that students are giving examination and there is a lot of tension on their mind. But the opposition protests continued.
“You have come decided not to allow an discussion,” he said, referring to 16 Zero Hour mentions he had admitted including on the spread of coronavirus.
With opposition members unrelenting, he adjourned proceedings for the day.
Wednesday was the third straight day that proceedings were washed out over the issue of communal violence in Delhi.
Earlier the House mourned the passing away of its former member Bhadreswar Buragohain.
(with inputs from agency)