Budget session highlights: Oppn parties boycott Rajya Sabha proceedings, say their voice is being muzzled
Soon after the House was adjourned by chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, members from the Congress, SP, TMC, AAP and the Left parties went into the huddle with Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, apparently discussing floor strategy.Updated: Feb 06, 2018 17:15 IST
Agitated opposition members in Rajya Sabha went into a huddle with the Leader of Opposition on Tuesday after the House was adjourned till 2 pm within minutes of meeting for the day.
Later an opposition party MP said members were agitated after the adjournment as they have a lot of issues to raise.
Below are the highlights:
4:28pm: BJP issues whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to remain present in the house on 7 and 8 February, reports news agency ANI
3:05pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 3.30pm as noisy protests by TDP, YSRCP over special package to Andhra Pradesh continue.
3:00pm: We find this undemocratic and we’ll also give this in writing to the RS chairman. Representatives who come from various places of the country are not being allowed to speak in the house: Congress leader Anand Sharma to ANI
2:55pm: Voice of opposition being muzzled, we will not allow this to happen, says leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad
2:53pm: Opposition parties boycott Rajya Sabha proceedings for the rest of day, allege they are not allowed to raise their issues
2:23pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned again till 3pm following Opposition protests over their voice being “muzzled” in the House.
12:30pm: TDP MPs protest in Lok Sabha over demand of special status to Andhra Pradesh and other issues. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar says, “Want to tell my friends from TDP that their demands are very sensitive, PM and government of India are very sensitive about development of Andhra Pradesh, matters raised will be looked into”
11:26am: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm after Trinamool Congress (TMC) members created a ruckus over alleged interference of West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in the state’s work.
11:20am: Lok Sabha adjourned briefly following protest by members of BJP ally TDP and YSR Congress seeking special facilities for Andhra Pradesh.
Members of TMC protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises over prices of diesel and petrol. pic.twitter.com/o7kOtS7upA— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2018