The bill to raise foreign investment in the insurance sector to 49% could not be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday as the Opposition stalled proceedings over the conversion issue and schools functioning on Christmas Day. The Upper House was not able to transact any other business either.
The ruckus started as soon as the House met for the day in the morning. Opposition members were on their feet, protesting over attempts of Sangh Parivar outfits to undertake `Ghar Vapsi’ programme in different parts of Uttar Pradesh.The issue had seen the House stalled on Monday too.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury informed Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien that he had a copy of the circular asking some schools to remain open on the Christmas Day. Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav said: “There are repeated incidents. No action is being taken by the government, and you are asking us to just discuss it.“
An angry minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accused the Opposition of “running away from discussion“.
“Those who don’t want to discuss can just leave,“ he said, repeatedly emphasising the government was ready to take up a debate. “You are insulting the mandate of the people,“ Naqvi added. Congress and Samajwadi Party MPs then trooped near the Chairman’s podium. In the din, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes. The scene remained the same when the House reassembled.
“We cannot accept the kind of comments ruling party MPs are making,“ Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said but Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Opposition for “running away from a debate“.
Kurien repeatedly urged the members to calm down, and said: “Parliament is for discussion, not for shouting.“ for shouting.“
Unrelenting Opposition members, however, continued to raise slogans near the Chairman’s podium, forcing the deputy chairman to adjourn the House till noon. At noon, when Chairman Hamid Ansari started the question hour, members continued protests, despite repeated pleas from the chair to let the questions be taken up.
“In this House, the prime minister made a statement, after a comment by a minister.He said he has spoken in tough words to his MPs, but the MPs are still making statements which are spreading a fire in the country,“ Agarwal said.
Source : The Economic Times
Date : 17th Dec 2014