Logjam continues even as Rajya Sabha adjourns sine die

Aparna Parekh

Rajya SabhaThe Upper House of Parliament adjourned sine die on Friday morning, the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament.

The House was adjourned after Chairman Hamid Ansari read out a valedictory speech in which he expressed strong displeasure over regular disruptions by all sections of the House during the session. He also asked the members of the House to introspect on their behaviour.

“The prohibition in the Rules about shouting slogans, displaying posters and obstructing proceedings by leaving their assigned places was consistently ignored by all sections of the House,” Ansari said.

“Peace prevailed only when obituaries were read,” added Ansari.

The Winter Session of Parliament had commenced on November 16. But the entire month, the proceedings of the House were mostly marred by disruptions.

Apart from the first day, the House saw a day-long debate on demonetisation on November 24, and the passing of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, on December 14.

The debate on demonetisation which began on November 24, was left incomplete as there was no consensus on the matter.

Initially, the Opposition demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be present and speak on the issue for the debate to continue. Later, on a day when the Prime Minister was present in the House, the Opposition demanded that he first apologise for calling the Opposition ‘supporters’ of black money hoarders.

In the last two days of the Session, the treasury benches also created an uproar against the Congress over the alleged involvement of the party in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.