Rajya Sabha: No let-up in Cong protest against Jaitley

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responds to debate in Rajya Sabha.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responds to debate in Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

The principal opposition firmed its protest against Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley demanding his resignation over the DDCA controversy. The protest raised by the members of Congress party had led to four adjournments in Rajya Sabha so far. The crucial legislation seeking amendments in the JJ Act is slated to be debate in the lower house on Tuesday, which is also the second last day of an on-going Winter Session of the Parliament.

Soon after the papers were laid, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien disallowed Congress MP Kumari Selja from raising the issue. Citing BJP MP Kirti Azad’s claims, she said, “a ruling BJP MP” has levelled “serious allegations” against Arun Jaitley over the functioning of DDCA. Jaitley headed DDCA till 2013.

“A very serious issue has come up with a member of ruling party levelling serious allegations against Finance Minister,” she said, even as her party colleague resorted to slogans demanding Jaitley’s resignation.

Jaitley istifa do (Jaitley should resign),” they shouted forcing the Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to adjourn the House first till 1130 hours.

“I am not asking you not to raise the issue. All I am saying is there is a procedure. If there is an allegation against a member, you should give written intimation to the Chairman, you should give written intimation to member also. Without that, you cannot raise the allegation,” Mr Kurien said disallowing the Congress MP’s motion.

P-J-Kurien-Dy-Chairman-Rajya-Sabha,-Nov-27,-2015“For an allegation of incriminating nature, advance intimation has to be given. Then only such an allegation can be taken up,” the Deputy Chairperson added.

Soon after the House reassembled at 11:30 AM, Congress MP resumed their protest raising slogans from their aisles seeking resignation of Union Finance minister.

Amid sloganeering, Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi suggested that as the Congress does not want the Zero Hour and Question Hour to function, the House could immediately start discussion on the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015.

“Take up Juvenile Bill now…It is a very important bill. The whole country is anxious,” he said.

But there was no let-up in the protest as PJ Kurien sought the opinion of the House on taking up the JJ Bill. “Since you are not allowing Zero Hour to continue…we can take up the Juvenile bill,” he said. But as the protest continued, Kurien adjourned the house till noon.

Post the resumption, the house has again been adjourned twice by Chairman Md. Hamid Ansari, owing to protest by the members of principal opposition party.

(With inputs from the PTI)