NEW DELHI: At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making constant efforts to reach out to the Opposition and giving credit to the all parties for their cooperative federalism, the Rajya Sabha witnessed continuous uproar and no government business could be transacted as the House was adjourned repeatedly.
On Friday, the House of Elders was paralysed for the second consecutive day, with Opposition parties gunning for Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh for his ‘dog’ remarks and some others creating ruckus over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported comments on Ram temple.
Members of BSP and Congress pressed for ouster of V K Singh from the Council of Ministers as well as from Parliament for ‘dog’ analogy after the killing of two Dalit children in Haryana.
The Ruckus began soon after the House met for the day and mourned the death of former member M A M Ramaswamy.
Sloganeering members trooped into the well in the Rajya Sabha at a time, when PM Modi was speaking at an event of a English daily, in which he gave credit to all parties for smooth functioning of the Parliament. “After a long time, Parliament is functioning. This is good news. The credit for this goes to all the parties.”
Even earlier this week while replying to a discussion on constitution, PM Modi had said, “There are many excuses to be divided, but we should look for reasons to be united.”
V K Singh hit out at the Opposition, accusing them of “cheap political wrangling” and expressed being hurt at the “game of cat and mouse” being played by upper house members.
In a post written in Hindi on his official Facebook page, V K Singh said that he had always believed that the Rajya Sabha would remain above “polluted politicking” and keep in mind national interest. “But my belief was drastically belied when I found members of RS involved in a narrow game of cat and mouse,” the former Army chief and Ghaziabad MP said.
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