Rajya Sabha Adjourned till 1PM, Lok Sabha Continues Amid Ruckus

Dy Speaker of RS PJ Kurien was forced to adjourn Rajya Sabha but, Sumitra Mahajan refused to adjourn the Lok Sabha. 

Published31 Jul 2015, 07:09 AM IST
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The Congress party forced the adjournment of Rajya Sabha for the second time on Friday. Party leaders created a furore demanding the resignation of ministers allegedly involved in the Lalit Modi scandal and Vyapam scam.

The ruling BJP however is managing to continue business in Lok Sabha as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan refused to adjourn the house despite ruckus.

In Rajya Sabha, Congress members stood in the aisle and raised slogans seeking action against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. They also demanded action against Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to adjourned the House till 1 PM.

Virtually no business has taken place in the House since the session began last week. A determined opposition has been insisting on its demands, including a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the two issues.

Shot of Rajya Sabha TV after the House was adjourned. (Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV)
Shot of Rajya Sabha TV after the House was adjourned. (Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV)

Soon after the House mourned death of its former member Sarada Mohanty, papers were laid on the table. Kurien said he has received four notices for suspension of business to take up discussion.

Earlier also I agreed to suspend business (on similar notice) but the motion was not moved. What is the point.
– PJ Kurien, Deputy Speaker of Rajya Sabha

Anand Sharma (Cong) said while the motions of past are past, the motions moved on Friday were independent motions. The motions seek a response from Prime Minister “to our demand for accountability and action.”

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as other ministers have already stated that the government was ready for a discussion and it should start immediately.

“Please start discussion immediately,” he said, accusing the opposition of “running away from discussion.” To this, Sharma said Prasad was “suffering from selective loss of memory... we want tangible proposition (on the demands).”

Congress members moved into the aisle demanding resignations first. “Pehle istifa do (first resign),” they shouted.

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