Rajya Sabha proceedings disrupted as AIADMK protests over Tamil language issue


File Photo: Rajya Sabha Session

File Photo: Rajya Sabha Session

Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Tuesday adjourned till 2 pm following protests by Tamil parties led by the AIADMK against holding of recruitment exam for postmen only in English and Hindi language.

Soon after listed papers were laid on table of the House, AIADMK members shouted slogans demanding that the government cancel the postal department exam for recruitment of postmen and other posts and hold it afresh by including Tamil as a language of exams.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu first ordered stopping of the transmission of House proceedings on television and then adjourned proceedings till 1200 hours.

Chairman Naidu said the issue was raised by AIADMK on Monday and he cannot order the government to respond to their demands.

He repeatedly asked members to take their places. He adjourned proceedings till 1200 hours.

Rajya Sabha proceedings were again adjourned till 2 pm barely 10 minutes after it assembled after AIADMK MPs protested.

On July 15, AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan had raised the issue through a Zero Hour mention, saying questions in the postal department’s examination for appointments of postmen and assistants in rural areas held on Sunday were only in Hindi and English, and not Tamil.

Members of the AIADMK, which is ruling in Tamil Nadu, on Monday said the government had not responded to their request.

Earlier, the House congratulated Dutee Chand and other Indian medal winners at the Universiade, the World University Games, in Naples.