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Ruckus in Rajya Sabha continues on sixth day, House adjourned till 2 pm over AP special status, Cauvery

It was for the sixth day that opposition as well as TDP continued to protest on issues including bank fraud, special status to Andhra Pradesh and setting up of Cauvery water management board.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2018 13:29 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Opposition members protest during the second phase of the budget session in the Rajya Sabha on March 9.(PTI File Photo)

The Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned on Monday till 2 pm due to unrelenting protests by the Telugu Desam Party, the AIADMK and some opposition parties on various issues including special status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery row.

The Upper House did not function the entire last week due to uproar by the opposition as well as NDA ally TDP, barring one hour on March 8 when members participated in a discussion to mark the International Women’s Day.

For the sixth day in a row, members continued to protest on issues such as bank fraud, special status to Andhra Pradesh and setting up of Cauvery water management board.

After the papers were laid in the House, members of TDP, YSRC, Trinamool Congress, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Aam Aadmi Party were up on their feet seeking to raise a point of order.

As Chairman Venkaiah Naidu tried to pacify the members and conduct the Zero Hour, protesting members trooped into the Well holding placards and shouting slogans. The only Congress member protesting in the Well was K V P Ramachandra Rao from Andhra Pradesh.

“When there is no order, how can there be a point of order? This is too much,” Naidu said asking members to go back to their seats.

“I don’t find any reason to come to the Well of House,” the Chairman said adding that he is allowing discussion on all subjects.

With members continuing their protest, the Chair was forced to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

Earlier while papers were being laid, Naidu said ministers can lay papers on behalf of other ministers but they should seek prior permission from the chair.

“Proper advance notice should be given,” Naidu said.

When Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel rose to make a statement on behalf of minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation S S Ahluwalia, Naidu said, “Statement has to be made by the minister concerned.”

Goel was asked to inform Ahluwalia that he can make a statement on Tuesday.

Ahluwalia was to make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations of the 35th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on rural development.

First Published: Mar 12, 2018 13:28 IST