NEW DELHI:A section of the Rajya Sabha members on Friday strongly objected to VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi’s remarks that there were “one or two terrorists” in Parliament and moved a breach of privilege notice against her.
A group of Rajya Sabha members, including CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, said the saffron-robe wearing leader should be punished for Thursday’s comments, which were directed at those who opposed the hanging of terrorist Yakub Memon.“When the court has already proved so, those supporting the terrorist are terrorists themselves I believe,” the Sadhvi had said.
Coming down heavily on the Sadhvi, Congress leader Pramodi Tiwari said in the House, “When someone calls those in Parliament as terrorists, it is not just an insult to Parliament but also (an insult) to the Constitution.”
Meanwhile, the Congress members continued their protest, resulting in the washout of the Upper House proceedings for the third week.
The RS witnessed two adjournments in the pre-lunch session, during which no business could be transacted, and was finally adjourned for the day a few minutes after 2.30 pm
With the complete washout of the Monsoon session of Parliament staring the government in the face, it has appealed to the Congress to help run the House for the remaining four days.
While the government may try to bring in the reform legislation-- GST and the Land Bill-- before the Session gets over on August 13 in a last bid to salvage the Session, the Congress may be in no mood to allow that opportunity to the government.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu asked the Congress to return to House to further discuss the issue. “I would expect Sonia Gandhi to seriously ponder over the issue after the clarification by Sushma and enable proper functioning of Parliament for at least the remaining four sittings,” he said.