The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, M Venkaiah Naidu today condemned the unruly happenings took place in the Upper House yesterday and said it was a bad day for Rajya Sabha.
Expressing his anguish, the Chairman said: “It pained me a lot because what happened yesterday in the house is unfortunate, unacceptable and condemnable”.
M Venkaiah Naidu said that all social distancing and COVID-19-related precautions were violated by some of the members yesterday.
“If we do not follow COVID guidelines, how do you expect common people to follow?” He asked.
He said that some members came to the well and hurled papers, rule book at the Deputy Chairman and abused him. He said, some Members were “climbing on the Secretary Generals’ table, dancing, shouting in the well, tearing papers, breaking the mikes, obstructing Deputy Chairman from his duties, throwing papers, Rule Book on Deputy Chairman”… “is it parliamentary standard?”, he asked and told the members to do some introspection.
The Chairman said the Deputy Chairman was physically threatened and said: “If marshals had not been called on time what would have happened to the Deputy Chairman. I am worried”. He said the Deputy Chairman had stated that he was abused with objectionable words. He would have been harmed also, the Chairman added.
M Venkaiah Naidu told the members that they could have discussed and debated if they had numbers. He said the Deputy Chairman had stated that if the members had remained in their seats, voting would have been carried out. He said they could have also voted against the Bill had the House been in order.
The Chairman said what happened yesterday had tarnished the image of Parliament, particularly the Elder’s House. Some of the members accepted some of these objectionable actions in the press, he added.
M Venkaiah Naidu also said that he had received a letter from the Leader of Opposition and 46 other members of Rajya Sabha expressing no confidence in the Deputy Chairman and desiring to move a motion for his removal.
The Chairman said that he had gone through the entire proceedings of the House held yesterday in the light of the allegations made against the Deputy Chairman. He said the Deputy Chairman had persistently requested the members to go their seats and participate in the debate and move amendments.
M Venkaiah Naidu said “obviously, in view of the continuous disruptions in the House, the division could not have taken place. Certainly, the conduct of some members grossly crossed all barriers of all parliamentary decorum and etiquettes and thereby bringing down the prestige of the House”.
After carefully going through the provisions of the Constitution, Rules of Rajya Sabha and past precedents, the Chairman said the motion given by the Leader of opposition and others was not in a proper format.
He pointed out that further, as per the provisions of Article 90 (c) of the Constitution, a notice period of 14 days was required for moving a resolution and not a motion. “As the House is going to be adjourned sine die on 1st October, 2020, the notice does not complete the required period of 14 days, hence, I rule that the motion given by LoP and other members is not admissible”.
Article 90(c) of The Constitution of India
Deputy Chairman may be removed from his office by a resolution of the Council passed by a majority of all the then members of the Council: Provided that no resolution for the purpose of clause (c) shall be moved unless at least fourteen days notice has been given of the intention to move the resolution.