Rajya Sabha stalled again; Cong sloganeering continues

RSTV Bureau

Rajya-Sabha-Opp-Aug-5Rajya Sabha proceedings were again disrupted on Wednesday as the Congress protested the suspension of 25 members from the Lok Sabha.

Congress members shouted slogans against the “dictatorial” attitude of the government in the Well of the House.

The House saw two adjournments in the pre-lunch session. The House barely met for a few minutes after reconvening at 2 pm. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien finally adjourned the House for the day a few minutes past 2 pm because of the ruckus created by the Congress members.

Opposition members shouted slogans like ‘Modi government is corrupt’ and ‘we want justice’. Slogans like ‘Dictatorship by Modi will not be allowed’ were also vociferously raised by the Opposition members.

Deputy Chairman appealed to the protesting members to stop shouting slogans but all his pleas went unheeded.

“Parliament is for discussion and debate and not for slogans,” shouted Kurien urging the Opposition members to take their seats and allow the discussion to take place.

As Congress members continued with their slogan-shouting, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asked the Chair to allow business to continue.

“Let the business in the House be allowed to carry on. Let them raise slogans,” Naqvi said in the House.

Kurien then directed that the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2013 be moved for consideration of the House. In the absence of Minister of State Jitendra Singh, his colleague and Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy moved the bill amid protests by Opposition members. The Opposition argued that the permission of the Chair was not taken and continued to shout.

Finally a few minutes after the House was reconvened, Kurien adjourned it for the day.

“This is nothing but indiscipline. Because of the unruly behaviour of some of the members, I am forced to adjourn the House,” stated Kurien just before adjourning the House.

The Upper House has failed to transact any significant business so far in the Monsoon Session since it began on July 21.