Rajya Sabha erupts with Oppn protest as session gets underway

RSTV Bureau
Members of Opposition parties protesting in Rajya Sabha. Photo - PTI

Members of Opposition parties protesting in Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Pandemonium erupted in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday as Opposition members pitched protest over the recent incidents of attacks on Dalits and minorities, lynching by alleged cow vigilante and farmer’s suicides.

Opposition members were on their toes as soon as the house proceedings began with BSP supremo Mayawati raising the issue of attacks on Dalits in Shabbirpur village of Uttar Pradesh. Several other opposition groups were raising the issue of farmer’s distress.

As Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien asked Ms Mayawati to wrap-up her speech after the designated 3-minute time was over, the latter insisted to speak more. But even as the Deputy Chairperson told her that she could take her seat and let others speak, she insisted that she be heard.

Mayawati also threatened to quit, saying, “I’ll resign from this house if I am not allowed to speak…”

As pandemonium grew with some of the ruling party MPs taking on Mayawati, she stormed out of the house saying “I’ll resign if I am not allowed to speak for my community…”

Soon after Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Mayawati’s party was decimated in the recently held assembly polls and the BJP has got the mandate.

But the government was countered by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who said “We though you have got mandate to govern and help people and not to overlook attacks on Dalits and minorities.”

“We will not support this government and will boycott the proceedings,” Azad said as his party MPs staged a walk out.

As protest by the Opposition members continued with some of them taking to the Well of the House and resorting to slogans, the house was adjourned till noon. Though it resumed at noon but owing to protest, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house will 2:00 PM.

It was first sitting of the Upper House in the on-going Monsoon session which began yesterday. The proceedings were adjourned on Monday after the obituary references.