Rajya Sabha adjourned due to unabated opposition protest


The Rajya Sabha continued to witness uproarious scenes over various issues on Friday, including the TDP demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh and the PNB scam, forcing the Chair to adjourn it for the day.

The upper house was adjourned for the fifth straight day as members of the Congress, TDP and AIADMK stormed the Well, carrying placards and raising slogans to press their demands.

The House was first adjourned within about 15 minutes after it had assembled in the morning till 2.30 PM, and then adjourned for the day due to the continued protests.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien urged the protesting members to allow him to conduct private members’ business but the opposition remained on their feet.

Congress member Pramod Tiwary was heard saying something about the Punjab National Bank fraud and demanding the Centre’s response on the issue.

TDP members held placards in support of their demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh while AIADMK members from Tamil Nadu raked up the Cauvery water issue.

TDP MPs and Congress member KVP Ramachandra Rao held posters demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh to make up for the deficit arising from carving out of Telengana.

Amid the sloganeering, Kurien adjourned the house till Monday morning.

Earlier, In the morning after the listed papers were laid on the table of the House, the opposition members and those belonging to NDA ally TDP and AIADMK trooped into the Well shouting slogans, which led Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 2.30 pm.

“One week has gone waste. This is no good. This is sad,” he said before adjourning the proceedings till the afternoon.

As soon as Naidu called for Zero Hour after conducting the listed business, the TDP and AIADMK members were on their feet. They trooped near the Chair’s podium and started shouting.

Naidu urged them to return to their seats, and said a week has already been wasted due to the protests.

But the agitating members did not relent. Amid the chaos, the Chairman adjourned the house till 2.30

(With inputs from agencies)

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