Jaitley accuses Opposition of indulging in ‘politics of disruption’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 00:28 IST

The Opposition Friday scuttled a debate on incidents of communal violence in Rajya Sabha as it insisted that the Prime Minister has to reply to the debate.

With the Rajya Sabha failing to conduct any business for the fourth straight day, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday accused the Opposition of indulging in “competitive politics of disruption.” The Opposition parties stuck to their demand and ignored repeated attempts of chairman Hamid Ansari to start the debate.

PM Modi was present in the House for about 45 minutes, but didn’t speak as government managers said that the home minister would reply to the debate. He attends the Upper House on Thursdays as questions related to portfolios held by him are listed for reply.

Referring to the row involving Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Jaitley said although the Congress hinted that the House will run after the PM’s statement but “someone from the middle” (indirect reference to CPI(M) members) said it was unacceptable and “competitive politics of disruption started.”

While Jaitley said that the debate can start rightaway, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu stated the home minister would reply, leading to disruptions.

BSP leader Mayawati said, “I request the PM to reply in national interest and not make it a prestige issue.”

In the pre-noon session, Jaitley rejected the Opposition’s charge that the government was being arrogant and asserted it wanted the House to conduct business. “One House (Lok Sabha) is functioning but the other isn’t. So this is arrogance of numbers (in Rajya Sabha),” Jaitley said, to which CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury said, “The other House is functioning due to the tyranny of majority.”

Meanwhile, the government told the Lok Sabha on Thursday that infection and sub-standard quality of drugs could have caused the deaths at the recent sterilisation camp in Chhattisgarh.

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