NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed noisy scenes and sloganeering by the Opposition members which resulted in repeated adjournments. The Upper House also failed to transact any business for the day. And the protests started soon after the House met for the day’s proceedings. The Congress members started shouting slogans, holding placards and gathered near the Chairman’s podium, accusing Narendra Modi-led NDA Government of being “dictatorial”.
The Congress members were protesting against the suspension of 25 of their colleagues in the Lok Sabha.
They also displayed placards against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their alleged association with former IPL chief Lalit Modi.
Congress MP Madhusudan Mistry waved black cloth as a mark of protest.
Amid the din, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House till noon. Similar scenes were witnessed when the House reconvened, and Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till 2 pm.
As the House assembled at noon, disruptions erupted in no time. Slogans like “tanashahi nahi chalegi” (We won’t allow dictatorship), “shame on government” and “don’t murder democracy” were raised by the Congress members.
Some Members from the Treasury Benches also shouted slogans. When the House reassembled at noon, the commotion continued to prevail with the Congress members raising slogans. Protesters even asked Prime Minister Modi to respond.