Uproar in RS over bill seeking removal of Article 370
The BJP and Shiv Sena staged a walkout over treasury benches' opposition to a private member's bill seeking removal of Article 370 from the Constitution, reports Sutirtho Parthanobis.india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 21:47 IST
BJP and Shiv Sena members on Friday walked out from the Rajya Sabha (RS) protesting the treasury benches' strong opposition to a private member's bill seeking removal of Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
As soon as senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi sought leave of the House to introduce the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, Congress members were on their feet opposing its introduction.
That sparked a debate with BJP and Shiv Sena members claiming the bill could not be stopped from being introduced.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri said a similar bill had been rejected at the introduction stage in 1993 also.
The opposition members walked to the well shouting slogans. With impasse continuing, the Chair called for a voice vote to decide the fate of the bill.
As voice vote went against it, the protest by BJP and Shiv Sena became more loud prompting the Chair to call for a division. The Opposition, however, did not wait for the vote and walked out.