Rajya Sabha Adjourned over Raja uproar
The Rajya Sabha was today briefly adjourned following an uproar by AIADMK over Telecom Minister A Raja's role in the 2G spectrum allocationdelhi Updated: Aug 31, 2010 12:34 IST
The Rajya Sabha was today briefly adjourned following an uproar by AIADMK over Telecom Minister A Raja's role in the 2G spectrum allocation that allegedly led to heavy loss of revenue to the government.
Soon after the listed papers were laid, V Maitreyan (AIADMK) said he has given a notice for Zero Hour to raise the issue of reported CAG comments on the 2G spectrum allocation and the role of Raja.
Chairman Hamid Ansari, however, rejected his notice by saying, "It has not been agreed to. That is the end of the matter," while calling Brinda Karat (CPI-M) to raise a matter of public importance.
But, Maitreyan refused to relent saying he needed the Chair's protection to raise the issue, upon which Mr. Ansari reminded him that none of his comments would be noted.
Maitreyan, whose party is the main opposition to Raja's party the DMK in Tamil Nadu, wanted an explanation from the government on the reported comments of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India which went into the 2G spectrum allocation.
"Dismiss Raja," he shouted, showing copies of newspapers that carried the report. He also received support from Chandan Mitra of the BJP who said that Maitreyan's voice be heard. Ansari said he couldn't be permitted to do so.
"This is not becoming of a member of this House," he said. "Please resume your place," he said but Maitreyan was unrelenting. The AIADMK leader said he had followed the right procedure in seeking to raise the issue but was denied an opportunity.
Ansari then told him that he was impeding the other members rights apart from abusing his own. "Why are you wasting your breath. None of this is going on record. None of this is being televised."
Maitreyan was unrelenting and alleged an organised loot by Raja in 2G spectrum allocation.
"You are skating on very thin ice. Please don't push the matter," Ansari said. "It cannot be allowed, full stop." With his pleas going unheeded, Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes
First Published: Aug 31, 2010 12:25 IST