Opposition Protests over Uttarakhand, Disrupts RS Proceedings

Opposition on Tuesday protested after the govt rejected the demand for a discussion on Uttarakhand crisis.

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Slogan-shouting Congress members on Tuesday forced the adjournment of Rajya Sabha after the government rejected their demand for a discussion on a motion on dismissal of the party’s government in Uttarakhand.

Anand Sharma (Congress) said he had given a notice under rule 267 for suspension of business to discuss and pass a resolution brought by his party on the destabilisation of a democratically-elected government by the Centre through gross “misuse and abuse of power.”

He said rule 267 as well as rule 176 for short duration discussion do not provide any condition for initiating a debate on any issue and there have been umpteen number of precedents when sub-judice matter have been debated in the House.

“This government cannot hide under rules to cover what they have done in Uttarakhand,” he said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asked if the Congress party actually wanted a discussion or was looking for ways to disrupt the House’s proceedings.

Mayawati (BSP) said parties in power have misused Article 356 of the Constitution to dismiss opposition-ruled state governments for political reasons and sought a discussion on the issue.

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