Brief uproar in Rajya Sabha as Cong demands debate on Goa

Rajat Kain

FILE: A scene protest by Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha during the Parliament session.

FILE: A scene protest by Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha during the Parliament session.

Rajya Sabha witnessed a vociferous protest by the Congress on the issue of government formation in Goa by the BJP. Congress once again argued why the Goa governor invited BJP, which emerged second in the recently held polls.

The issue was raised by senior Congress member Digvijaya Singh, who has been facing flak of the recently elected party MLAs in Goa for not acting fast enough. Singh was in-charge of party affairs in Goa.

As Digvijaya Singh questioned the governor’s decision, Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurein asked him to move proper notice to call for discussion.

“You are going by a newspaper report. I am not bothered about that. I have made it very clear that if you feel that the Governor has violated any of the provision of Constitution, please bring a substantive motion. I cannot allow you to discuss the conduct of Governor,” he said.

Other Congress members too joined him, with leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad pressing for the debate on the issue.

But Kurien once again rejected their argument and instead stressed on moving notice for any discussion to be allowed on the matter. The treasury benches too opposed the Congress protest, with MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accusing the principal opposition party of derailing the house proceedings.

As the house continued to witness intensified Congress protest with some its members taking to the Well of the house and resorting to slaogans against the government, the proceedings were adjourned till noon.

The Congress protest came a day after Manohar Parrikar comfortably won the trust vote on the floor of the Goa assembly scoring 22 votes in the 40-member assembly. The trust vote also saw fissures within Congress, with angry legislator Vishwajeet Rane staying away from voting and quitting the party later in the day.

In the recently held polls, Congress had won 17 seats and the BJP 13 seats. But the latter was quick to seal an alliance with the regional parties – MGP and Goa Forward, each having won 3 seats – and the independents.