RS: PNB fraud, Cauvery issue, Andhra package leads to adjournment

RSTV Bureau
File photo of protest in the Rajya Sabha.

File photo of protest in the Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha saw another day of repeated adjournments on Tuesday as multiple protest by the Opposition members and even government allies led to the wash out of proceedings. After three adjournments, the house was adjourned for the day shortly after it resumed 3:30 PM. It will now meet again on Wednesday morning.

While the Congress, TMC and other opposition parties protested against the Rs 12,000 Cr fraud in the Punjab National Bank, the TDP demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh as promised at the time of state’s bifurcation in 2014.

The AIADMK members also took to protest on the issue of Cauvery river dispute, demanding the formation of Cauvery Water Management Board for settling the dispute.

Earlier in the day, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked the leaders of agitating parties to meet him inside his chamber as pandemonium struck the proceedings of upper house soon after the laying of papers.

“I am not happy… I do not approve this sort of tactics,” Chairman said expressing displeasure over some of the unruly scenes, in particular the display of placards by the agitating MPs.

“This is proving the public impression… Parliament is not conducting itself in a dignified manner,” he said in before adjourning the House till 2 pm.

The house, however, continued to face the adjournments after it reassembled in the afternoon.

“The chair is ready to allow discussions on any subject,” said Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien when the house proceedings resumed at 2 PM, adding, “by doing this you are stooping down to the level of hooligans”.

Display of placards is against the rules, he said and told members, “Do not do this… you members have dignity…This was not expected from members.” He said, “discussion and debate are the ways of parliamentary democracy and I would ask the government to respond you”.

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel also told agitating members that the government was ready for a discussion.

“We are ready for a discussion. Irregularities in the banking sector are not from today but from years. We are ready to discuss banking irregularities and other issues. The government is not running away from this,” said Goel.

(With inputs from PTI)