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Rajya Sabha Adjourned Four Times in Ten Minutes After 2 pm

After reconvening at 2 pm, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned four times in ten minutes before calling it a day.

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Parliamentary’s monsoon session. (Photo: PTI)

The parliamentary monsoon session of Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day close to 3:30 pm. The next session will start on July 22 at 11 am.

As the din continued, the House was adjourned for the fourth time within 10 minutes after it met at 2 pm.

Arun Jaitley during the parliament session. (Photo: PTI)
Arun Jaitley during the parliament session. (Photo: PTI)

When it reassembled at 3 pm, Naresh Agarwal (SP) sought time to speak on the Lalit Modi issue saying his notice under section 267 was accepted by the Chair but the House was adjourned due to disturbance when Anand Sharma started speaking.

I am not going to stop anybody. I have not allowed moving of the motion as I want to take a decision on the issue. Why are you creating trouble?
— P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley, amid the din, demanded that the discussion be started at once.

What are you discussing? Allow the motion and start discussion when the government has already supported it. Are you giving Sitaram Yechury a television opportunity.
— Arun Jaitley, Leader of the House

Sitaram Yechury had then been allowed by the Chair to speak.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury arrives for monsoon session. (Photo: PTI)
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury arrives for monsoon session. (Photo: PTI)

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too joined Jaitley by saying that they were ready for discussion. Kurien retorted to that as well by saying that just because the government is ready, the Chair will not necessarily allow discussion.

Let there be a high-level enquiry (against Ministers and Chief Ministers of States) and till the enquiry is over, let these people demit office.
— Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPI(M)


Hitting out at Jaitley, recalling a washout session when the Leader of the House was also the Leader of Opposition during UPA rule.

Jaitley had then stated that a discussion in the House was “not a substitute for impartiality of people in allegation and they should not remain in position,” Yechury said, charging the BJP with not adopting the same yardstick now when they are in the treasury benches.

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