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Sachin not allowed to speak in RS: Govt says Congress has lost ‘direction and plot’

Sachin Tendulkar’s debut speech at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday didn’t go as planned as uproar over PM Narendra Modi’s recent remarks on his predecessor Dr. Manmohan Singh forced an adjournment of the house till Friday.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2017 17:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Sachin Tendulkar speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday, during the winter session of Parliament.(PTI Photo)

The government on Thursday said the Congress has lost its “direction and plot” as the main opposition party as it disrupted cricketer Sachin Tendulkar from speaking on the non-political issue of sports in the Rajya Sabha.

“The Congress today behaved in an undemocratic manner in the Upper House by disrupting Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar from speaking on the important and non-political issue of sports and its development in the country,” Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.

The cricket icon could not initiate a short-duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India.

“Despite repeated requests from the Chairman of the House that he (Tendulkar) should be allowed to speak on this important and public interest issue, the Congress did not allow him to speak,” Kumar said.

Amid continuing stalemate between the BJP and the Congress over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Kumar said the opposition party has lost its “direction and plot”.

“After disrupting the Lok Sabha for several days, today they are participating in the discussion on supplementary demand for the grants. But in the Rajya Sabha, they are continuing to disrupt the proceedings,” the minister said, adding that the party was “totally confused”.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 17:10 IST