SP, JD(U) stall Rajya Sabha, call Centre discriminatory

RSTV Bureau

Rajya-Sabha-Monsoon-SessionOn Thursday, Samajwadi Party and JD(U) forced multiple adjournments in the Rajya Sabha as party MPs accused the Centre of not releasing funds for the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The protesting members called the government discriminatory.

SP members shouted slogans and trooped into the Well of the House demanding an assurance from the Centre that it would release funds for Uttar Pradesh soon.

JD(U) members also protested against the Centre for not implementing the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Bima Yojana (crop insurance scheme) in flood-hit Bihar.

Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav gave a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the alleged discrimination against Uttar Pradesh, while Sharad Yadav (JD-U) gave a similar notice to raise non-release of funds for Bihar.

Soon after listed papers were laid on the table, Yadav said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Chief Secretary have written several letters to the Union government seeking release of the state’s share of funds. He then listed out schemes under which funds have not been released.

Out of Rs 2,780 crore sanctioned for UP from the Central Road Fund, only Rs 219 crore had been released so far, Ram Gopal Yadav alleged.

“If the Centre does not give an assurance that the due funds will be released in 2-3 days, the House will not be allowed to function,” he added.

Sharad Yadav also claimed that similar discrimination was being meted out to Bihar.

The uproar in the House continued despite the Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked members to return to their seats and promised to allow them to raise issues so that the government could react.

But the members remained unrelenting. SP members also urged Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was present in the House, to join them in the Well as he represented Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha.

As the protesting members continued to shout slogans against the Modi government, the Upper House was forced to adjourn multiple times on Thursday, the penultimate day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

(With inputs from PTI)