Uttarakhand again derails Rajya Sabha proceedings

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi:  Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.

New Delhi: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.

For the second day straight, ruckus over imposition of President’s rule derailed proceedings in the Upper House.

On Tuesday morning, after the list of papers were laid on the table, a united Opposition accused the government of systematically destabilising democratically elected governments in the country.

The Opposition led by the Congress demanded a discussion citing rule 267.

Deputy Leader of the Congress in the House, Anand Sharma asserted that the “House has every right to discuss and pass a resolution under 267.”

“This government cannot hide under rules to cover what they have done in Uttarakhand,” Sharma added.

Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Pramod Tiwari gave notices under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to take up discussion on use of Article 356 by the Centre to dismiss the Congress government in Uttarakhand.

Similar notice was given by Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal. BSP chief Mayawati too agreed for a discussion on the matter.

The Congress along with the Left and Samajwadi Party raised slogans against the Modi government and accused it practicing dictatorship.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The protests grew louder after Leader of the House Arun Jaitley rose up to hit back at the Opposition.

Jaitley in turn accused the Congress led state government of inverting constitutional procedures.

“Never in the past 68 years, has a Presiding Officers converted majorities into minorities…. This is real breakdown of the constitutional machinery,” accused Jaitley while referring to the Speaker’s role during the passage of the Appropriation Bill in Uttarakhand Assembly.

The Minister said discussion will take place only when the proclamation for President’s Rule is placed before the House.

“There is no procedure of having pre-proclamation discussion,” he said.

Jaitley’s comment drew a massive uproar from the Opposition members. Amidst the din, the Deputy Chairman of the House PJ Kurien adjourned the House until noon.

Post noon, the House saw multiple adjournments on the same issue until it was finally adjourned for the day.