The Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Monday with Samajwadi Party (SP) members demanding that question hour be suspended to discuss, ahead of the women's reservation bill, a report that has recommended quota for Dalit Muslims and Christians.
When the house assembled at 11 am, Chairman Hamid Ansari read out a message on the international Women's Day saying that among others "women have to be included in the decision making process". As soon as he finished, Kamal Akhtar and other SP members were on their feet demanding that the report of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities headed by Justice (retd) Ranganath Misra be discussed ahead of the women's reservation bill that is scheduled to be taken for consideration and passing later in the day.
Ansari ruled it out on the ground that no notice had been served for this. As a handful of SP members advanced to towards the chairman's podium, Ansari adjourned the house till noon.