NEW DELHI: For the second day, the Upper House transacted no business, as it witnessed four adjournments as the Opposition stalled proceedings over their demand for a reply from PM Narendra Modi on the issue of conversions.
Just as the House started on Tuesday morning, all the Opposition members, except Tamil Nadu parties, trooped to the Well of the House.
“Till the Prime Minister does not assure the House... why his words are not being honoured. It is clear that the government does not want the House to function,” said Congress Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma.
There were four adjournments during the entire day, with no scheduled proceedings taken up during the Zero Hour or the Question Hour. Finally, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for the day.
In the post-lunch session, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley angrily accused the Opposition of not allowing him to speak. “The issue is you want anarchy and not discussion,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kurien scolded the Opposition for not letting Jaitley speak, pointing out that it was a long standing tradition for the Leader of the House to be heard in silence. Congress’ Anand Sharma accused the government of being arrogant in not calling the Prime Minister to the House, and also of not allowing Opposition members to speak.“If you want the House to function, call the Prime Minister. They think the Prime Minister is above the House? The Prime Minister is the servant of the House, not the master,” he said.