Rajya Sabha adjourns for the day as Oppn protests over K’taka political crisis

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Rajya Sabha Session

File Photo: Rajya Sabha Session

Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Tuesday were disrupted and the House saw multiple adjournments as Opposition members, mainly Congress and Trinamool Congress, protested on the floor of the House.

Within minutes of assembly of the House, Congress members stormed into the Well shouting slogans over the political developments in Karnataka.

TMC members too trooped into the well against privatisation of public sector units, forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn proceedings till 12 pm.

When the House re-assembled at noon to take up the Question Hour, there were almost similar scenes with slogan shouting Congress and TMC members trooping in the Well.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was chairing the proceedings, made repeated efforts to persuade protesting members to return to their seats so that the Question Hour could be conducted.

However, his appeals went unheeded and the House was adjourned till 2 pm. At 2 pm when the House reconvened, proceedings could not be conducted as the protests continued. The House was soon adjourned for the day.

Before adjourning the House till 2 pm, Deputy Chairman told protesting Congress members that the Chairman had allowed them to raise the Karnataka issue during the Zero Hour, but it was not availed.

The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs.

The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113.

Earlier during the Zero Hour, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Congress member B K Hariprasad, seeking suspension of the listed business to take up the Karnataka issue.

“I am not allowing it,” he said, prompting Congress members to rush to the Well of the House shouting slogans.

Chairman Naidu also said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Dola Singh of TMC but it cannot be allowed as the same had been raised through a Zero Hour mention on June 21, the first day of the session.

TMC members trooped into the Well but the issue they were raising could not be heard.

On June 21, one of the issues raised during the Zero Hour was delay by the Centre in according ST status to 11 communities recommended by the West Bengal government.

Earlier, BJP leader Lokhandwala Jugalsinh Mathurji, who was elected to the Upper House from Gujarat in the by-polls last week, took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

(With inputs from PTI)