Congress disrupts proceedings, Rajya Sabha adjourned twice

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Congress continued its protest against the “politics of vendetta” in the National Herald case, for the third consecutive day, on 10 December, thereby creating a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha and forcing two adjournments during the pre-noon session.

Shouting slogans against the government, Congress members rushed into the well of the House, while All India Anna Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam members moved into the aisle demanding that Chennai floods be declared a national calamity.

The noisy scenes forced Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to adjourn the House till 11.30 hours and then again till noon.

No sooner was a message about the day marking the anniversary of adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations UN read out by chairperson Hamid Ansari, Congress MPs stormed the well of the House shouting slogans such as “Modi teri tanashahi nahi chalegi (authoritarianism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be tolerated)”.

Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien got the listed papers of the day laid on the table and then called for Zero Hour, amid slogan shouting, the unruly and noisy scenes, however, did not abate.

Health Minister JP Nadda said, the government was ready for a discussion on the issue and wanted it to be initiated immediately. Kurien asked the members to return to their seats and start discussion.

BJP members too were on their feet, as Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the government was ready for discussion on all issues. “They are running away from a debate. Start discussion on all issues,” he said, amid the din.

Kurien tried to pacify the Congress members and asked them to return to their seats, but they did not budge, forcing him to adjourn the House till 12 noon. Similar scenes were witnessed when the House reassembled.