Rajya Sabha adjourned 4 times over Uttarakhand

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday again witnessed disruptions over the Uttarakhand issue, and the chair finally adjourned the upper house for the day.

Members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha PIC/PTI
Members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha PIC/PTI

Soon after the newly nominated members were administered oath, the Congress and other opposition parties started raising slogans against the Narendra Modi government and demanded a debate on the Uttarakhand issue.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised a point against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying Jaitley was trying to set a wrong precedent by accusing Uttarakhand assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal of “turning a minority government into a majority government.”

Jaitley defended the Modi government’s decision by saying that once President’s Rule is imposed in a state, the said proclamation is to be laid in both houses of parliament. “But the Congress is not interested (in letting the proclamation to be placed before the Parliament),” he alleged, and said that once it was done, the government would explain why it was done. In response, the entire opposition opposed him vociferously.

The upper house witnessed four adjournments till 3 p.m. When the house reassembled at 3 p.m., the chair adjourned it for the day as its plea to let the house discuss and pass important bills went unheeded.

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