Uttarakhand issue rocks Rajya Sabha on second day

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2016 19:39 IST
Subramanian Swamy takes oath as member of Rajya Sabha (ANI)

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday again witnessed disruptions over the Uttarakhand issue, and the chair finally adjourned the Upper House for the day.

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.

2.30pm Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

The government and the opposition were once again at loggerheads of the Uttarakhand issue. Congress MPs were seen chanting anti-government slogans. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused the Congress of not waiting for the proclamation to be laid before the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

12.30pm Rajya Sabha was again adjourned till 2pm as Congress protest continues over Uttarakhand.

Opposition in Rajya Sabha condemns rustication of JNU students

The opposition condemned the rustication of three students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) the action.

Raising the issue, CPI-M member Tapan Kumar Sen described the punitive action of the JNU the “most arrogant, anti-democratic act being patronised by the government”.

“Rusticating them, debarring them for five years and thereby taking vengeance against their educational career in a very unjust manner - this is a part of this government’s project,” Sen said.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury sought a proper debate on the issue. CPI leader D. Raja also raised the issue.

“This house cannot be a mute spectator when such things are happening in JNU. This is very vindictive, revengeful action,” Raja said.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said that the universities are autonomous. Yechury countered that statement, saying the university has been established by an act of parliament.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad supported the Left leaders in decrying the punitive action taken by the university.

“Universities’ atmosphere is being vitiated. It is the HRD ministry which is responsible,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

Nominated members including Subramanian Swamy and Mary Kom, took their oath to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Kom, Swamy, journalist Swapan Dasgupta and former planning commission member Narendra Jadhav were among the nominated members who took oath.

Shiromani Akali Dal member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa also took oath.

11.45am Statement on declassification of Netaji files in LS

Two crucial files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be declassified by Japan this year-end, but the country has given no assurance regarding three more such files in its custody, government has said.

Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha that these five files, which are with Japan, could be “crucial” to resolve the mystery over the fate of Bose.

“Japan has conveyed to us that they will declassify two of the five files by the end of this year but no commitment has been given to the rest of the three files. But we are hopeful that they will declassify the remaining three files too,” he said during Question Hour.

11:40 am : RS adjourned till 12 noon

Slogan-shouting Congress members on Tuesday forced the adjournment of Rajya Sabha till noon after the government rejected their demand for a discussion on a motion on dismissal of the party’s government there.

Congress members trooped into the Well of the House shouting slogans against the Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said no discussion other than on proclamation of President Rule in Uttarakhand can take place.

Justifying imposition of central rule in the state, Jaitley said the “real breakdown of constitutional machinery” happened in Uttarakhand when the presiding officer (Speaker) “ignored” the vote of 35 out of 67 members against the appropriation bill to declare it passed.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien’s pleading that the Chair was in favour of a discussion and the protestors should allow the House to function went unheeded, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings till 12:35 hours.

11am Anand Sharma, Pramod Tiwari give notices seeking suspension of business

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 a democractically elected government in Uttrakhand.

While Naresh Agrawal (SP) too gave notice under same rule for discussion on the issue, Mayawati (BSP) supported the demand for suspension of business to take up the debate.

10.50am 35 out of 67 members give in writing that we voted against bill, but presiding officer says minority is majority: Jaitley

Jaitley said it had never happened in the history of independent India that a presiding officer of a state assembly has converted majority into minority and vice versa.

“This is the real breakdown of constitutional machinery,” he said.

He said 35 out of the 67 members in Uttrakhand assembly voted against the appropriation bill but the presiding officer came to conclusion that the bill has been passed. “That is breakdown of constitutional machinery.”

The Minister said discussion will take place when the proclamation for President’s Rule is placed before the House. “There is no procedure of having pre-proclamation discussion,” he said.

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