Impasse over Niranjan Jyoti's remark ends in RS

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2014 16:58 IST

The week-long impasse in Rajya Sabha over controversial remarks by minister Niranjan Jyoti ended on Monday after chairman Hamid Ansari appealed to all members and political leaders to "maintain civility" at all costs in public discourse.

"This House, while acknowledging the statement of Prime Minister, made in this House on the December 4, appeals to all members of the Parliament, ministers and leaders of all political parties to maintain civility at all costs in public discourse for the successful functioning of Parliamentary democracy and to uphold our commitment to constitutional values," chairman Hamid Ansari said.

After the chairman's statement, the House went ahead with its scheduled business and four questions were taken up.

As the House met for the day, Opposition parties which had been stalling Rajya Sabha since Tuesday demanding the sacking of the minister, forced adjournment of the House till noon demanding a resolution condemning hate speeches. It was also adjourned twice in the post-noon session.

Congress members wanted the House to vote on its resolution condemning and disapproving any "inflammatory and derogatory" statement by any minister or member of Parliament, but treasury benches strongly opposed it saying no resolution can be brought without permission of the Chair.

Nine opposition parties had demanded passage of a joint resolution that read: "This House strongly disapproved any statement made by any Member of Parliament and any member of the Union council of ministers that is inflammatory, derogatory and violates the letter and spirit of the Constitution and the law of the land."

Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said no resolution can be moved without the Chair's approval.

The truce was arrived at after leaders of various political parties held a meeting with the chairman and agreed to a compromise formula to end protests over the minister's remarks.

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