Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

RSTV Bureau

The proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were disrupted by an angry opposition which demanded discussion on issues like mob lynching, attacks on Dalits and minorities.

Many of the opposition members trooped into the Well raising slogans, forced adjournment of the proceedings thrice.

BSP  Leader Mayawati in Rajya Sabha

BSP Leader Mayawati in Rajya Sabha

BSP supreme Mayawati threatened to resign from the House after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech.

“I will resign from Rajya Sabha today,” a visibly angry Mayawati said while speaking on the recent anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Mayawati argued with Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien saying how she can be prevented from raising the issue about her ‘samaj’ (community) and the Dalits. “I have not finished. You cannot do this.”

“I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” she said.

Kurien asked her not to make a full-fledged speech and she can seek a discussion after giving a notice under rule 267 that seeks adjournment of proceedings to take up an issue.

Rajya Sabha at work.

Rajya Sabha at work.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati was challeging the Chair. “She should apologise. She has threatened the Chair,” he said.

BSP members immediately rushed into the Well shouting “Dalit virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi” (anti-dalit government will not be tolerated).

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad briefly prevailed over them to allow him to make his submission.

Azad said the government at an all-party meeting before the start of the Monsoon Session had agreed to discuss any issue that the opposition wants to raise in the house.

“Promise was made to us in the presence of the Prime Minister. You are going against that,” he said.

The house was forced to adjourn till 12 noon.

No sooner that the House reassembled at noon, slogan shouting Congress members trooped into the Well. They were followed by the members of Trinamool Congress and others.

The protesting opposition members shouted slogans like “Dalit virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi” (anti- dalit government will not be tolerated).

Amid slogan shouting by members of Congress and other parties, Chairman Hamid Ansari called for taking up the Question Hour but could not proceed. House adjourned till 2 PM and the situation did not change.

Soon after the house met at 2 PM, TMC member Derek O’Brien raised the matter of mob lynching and demanded a discussion on the issue, the government and the deputy chair suggested for an immediate discussion but could not take it after several members protested.

Some members of the Congress rushed into the Well and disrupted the proceedings of the house.  The continued disruption and sloganeering forced the deputy Chairman to adjourn the House till 1500 hrs.