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Rajya Sabha adjourned for third day as Congress, Trinamool create ruckus over NRC

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the third straight day on Wednesday amid protests by Congress and Trinamool Congress members over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft Assam list that excluded four million residents of the northeastern state who had sought inclusion in it.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2018 11:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
NRC,Rajnath Singh,Amit Shah
Opposition members did not let Rajnath Singh (pictured) or Amit Shah speak.(PTI)

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the third straight day on Wednesday amid protests by Congress and Trinamool Congress members over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft Assam list that excluded four million residents of the northeastern state who had sought inclusion in it.

As soon as the House assembled, Congress MP Anand Sharma demanded that certain comments made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah during a discussion on the NRC a day earlier be expunged.

Shah had said the Assam Accord signed by then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 with organisations campaigning for identification and deportation of illegal migrants in the state was the “soul of NRC” and unlike the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had the “courage” to implement it.

Sharma said Shah had dubbed all PMs who had succeeded Gandhi as cowards, adding that the BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee, too, was one of his successors. Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he would examine the records, calling upon Shah to complete his statement that was interrupted on Tuesday.

But angry members did not let Shah speak, forcing the Chair to adjourn proceedings until question hour.

Trouble erupted after the House reassembled post-lunch, with Trinamool members disrupting proceedings.

Trinamool’s Sukhendu Shekhar Roy raised a point of order as the Chair asked Shah to conclude his speech.

Roy said, “Here, in this case, one honourable member has already spoken. How can he speak twice?”

Soon Trinamool MPs stormed the well of the House even as Naidu said he had allowed Shah to speak.

As the protests continued, Naidu said, “Are we at the mercy of one party (Trinamool)?”

Shah said he was ready to let go of the opportunity to speak if it caused so much fear. Shah urging Naidu to ask Home minister Rajnath Singh to make a statement.

The members, however, did not let the minister speak, prompting Rajnath Singh to say that he could table his entire speech as some members did not wish to hear their reply.

“As some members do not want the debate to continue... I would like to thank the home minister for continuously coming here for three days,” M Venkaiah Naidu said, adjourning the Rajya Sabha.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 22:52 IST