Upper House adjourned thrice as Congress protests politics of vendetta

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Utter confusion prevailed in the Rajya Sabha on 11 December when Congress members protested against “politics of vendetta” in the wake of National Herald case continued on 11 December. The Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted with the House adjourned thrice.

It is the 14th anniversary of the attacks.

Immediately, Congress members trooped into the Well of the House shouting anti-Modi slogans. Congress MP Bhaskar Rapolu, who was shouting slogans, didn’t table the report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on energy.

Even after deputy chairperson PJ Kurien admonished Rapolu for not doing his duty, he refused.

Amid the din, a resolution—The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to a Select Committee of the House—was passed.

While Congress members booed, Kurien got Sukhendu Shekar Roy of TMC, Tapan Kumar Sen of CPM and KK Ragesh to lay their notices on intolerance, workers plight in tea gardens and aid to Kerala rubber farmers, on the table.

With Congress members showing no signs of relenting, he adjourned the House till 11.30 am. Soon after the House assembled, the Congress members rushed into the Well of the House and protested against the government.

Ragesh of CPI-M raised the issue of “loot by airline firms” in fares during festival season and said his right to speak in the House was “being curtailed” by the din.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “We are listening to voices (in the House) like those in a zoo. It is unparliamentary.”

When Congress members didn’t resume their seats, Kurien said, important bills are pending and “you are not performing your duties”.

The Deputy Speaker adjourned the House till noon. Similar scenes continued when the House assembled, forcing Kurien to adjourn it till 12.30pm and then till 2.30pm.