RS adjourned for the day as opposition protests continue

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day again amid protests and unrelenting sloganeering by opposition members including those from the Congress over the Delhi violence.The House proceedings have been disrupted by opposition members during the second leg of the Budget Session.

Before adjournment of the House, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan made a statement on the corona virus situation in the country and members including those from the opposition made constructive suggestions.

With the protests continuing, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, “This is Parliament, not a bazaar.”However,as Naidu asked MPs to start with their Zero Hour mentions, Congress members were up on their feet and joined                                                                                   by other opposition members.

Later, opposition MPs including from the Congress, TMC, and AAP entered the Well of the House and started raising slogans against the government and the Home Minister over the communal violence in Delhi which has led to death of several people.

The Chairman also warned that if a member whose Zero Hour notice has been accepted and does not raise it despite being present in the House, he or she will not be given another chance during the remaining period of the current session.

At around 12 pm, Naidu asked protesting members to return to their seats so that the Question Hour could be taken up.But, the opposition parties did not yield, and the Chairman adjourned proceedings for the day.

Earlier when the House met for the day, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Congress and other opposition parties had previously decided that business in the House will be allowed only after a discussion on communal violence in Delhi.

“But in view of the situation arising out of the outbreak of coronavirus, opposition parties don’t want to deprive the countrymen of steps the government is taking to deal with the situation”, he said. “Opposition has decided to allow the Health Minister to make a statement on the issue. But no other business will be allowed till a discussion on Delhi violence is held on 11 March, he added.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan, said,”A discussion on Delhi violence is scheduled in Lok Sabha on 11 March and on 12 March in Rajya Sabha”.