Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday assured the agitating members, both from Opposition and the allies of the ruling NDA, that he is willing to allow discussion on the issues raised by them after consulting the government, provided they follow apt rules in moving notices.
As the upper house resumed for the second leg of Budget session, Opposition uproar on the issues of PNB fraud, Cauvery river dispute and Andhra Pradesh financial aid led to adjournment till Tuesday.
“Whatever I am trying to do is in the interest of the system and in the interest of the house… We have to understand this…,” the Chairman said.
Congress members moved the notice under rule 267 to seek discussion on PNB fraud, where celebrity diamond businessmen Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are accused of siphoning off more than Rs 12000 crores from the public sector banks.
Both the businessmen are currently absconding even as agencies have moved process to tighten noose on them.
“Leader of the Opposition, the deputy leader and other members from this side (Opposition) has moved notice with regard to what has happened in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) and also in the banking system… Same notices in different language have been moved by D Raja (CPI) and Sukhendu Shekhar Roy (TMC). The issue is very important and as a Chairman of the house I feel the house need to discuss the issue because it is agitating the minds of the people,” he said.
“But I suggest that I cannot accept the notice under the rule 267 and you move the notice under rule 176, or other appropriate rule… I will consider them positively and decide at the earliest because for that I need to talk to the leader of the house on what the rule says,” the Chairman said lending an assurance.
Among the NDA allies – TDP is agitating on its demand of special status and financial aid for Andhra Pradesh, which was promised at the time of the bifurcation of the unified state in 2014.
“You have give notice in the proper and appropriate form and I am willing to allow discussion on the matter after consulting the members,” Chairman Naidu told TDP members, who had taken to the Well of the house holding placards and posters to agitate on the issue.
Meanwhile, the MPs from AIADMK, which is running a state government in Tamil Nadu, on Monday moved notice raising the river Cauvery issue. They are seeking formation of the board on the matter.
“With regards to the Cauvery issue, we will be taking it up in the Zero hour,” he said.
BJP member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe also moved notice demanding discussion on the alleged scams by the kin of a former minister.
“Notices have been moved by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and others is about corrupt practices by the relatives of the former ministers and they have also given the name of the persons involved in some alleged scams,” the Chairman said.
“That notice too is important but it cannot be discussed under rule 267. Give notice under appropriate rule and then I’ll consider,” he added.
But as the TDP and Opposition members raised protest once again, the upper house was adjourned till 2:00 PM. But the business could not transact any business after its resumption in the afternoon as TDP members stuck to their protest, leading to adjournment for the day.