OoP Bill hits roadblock; Rajya Sabha adjourned
The Office of Profit Bill hit its first roadblock in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday when the House was repeatedly adjourned amid stiff protests by Opposition which was demanding priority to the short duration discussion on the Mumbai blasts.
In the pre-lunch session, Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat adjourned the House for 30 minutes at 12.30 pm on the issue. After the House reassembled at 1 pm, Deputy Chairman Rehman Khan again adjourned the house for 30 minutes.
It was again adjourned till 2.30 pm as the opposition members did not relent and demanded that the issue of Mumbai bomb blasts be given priority.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said the Chairman had already given a ruling that the issue be taken up later. He said he was bound by the Chairman's ruling and would stick to it.
Opposition members, however, alleged that the government was not taking the matter seriously.
Arun Shourie charged the treasury benches with "over-ruling" the President and said he was being "insulted" and "used".
This sparked off protests from the treasury benches. The protests and counter-protests continued for ten minutes after which the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House.