Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Friday amidst a ruckus by the opposition on the issue of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav’s disqualification and the allegations of conniving with Pakistan levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh. The House saw repeated adjournments in the pre-lunch and post-lunch sittings. As soon as the House met after the lunch break, Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agarwal raised a Point of Order on the government giving an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding setting up of fast track courts for trials of the elected representatives. As Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien disallowed discussion on the topic, the opposition members created pandemonium. Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes but as soon as it reconvened, the opposition members came near the Chair’s podium shouting slogans. Kurien then adjourned the House for the day.Earlier, the House was adjourned till 2.30 p.m. soon after it met for the Question Hour after a short adjournment, amidst heated exchanges between the opposition and the government over allegations against Manmohan Singh and others. “This is not an ordinary allegation. Questions have been raised over the integrity of a former Prime Minister, former Vice President and several retired diplomats,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said as he demanded a discussion on the issue under Rule 267. However, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected the request and asked the members to continue with Question Hour. This led to a heated exchange between the opposition members and the government. Naidu adjourned the proceedings till 2.30 p.m., stressing that the members were not willing to let the House run. Modi had claimed that during a meeting at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house, the guests including Manmohan Singh, discussed the Gujarat polls with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India and former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri. “We are not challenging your ruling. But the facts given as ground for disqualification are not (plausible). Sharad Yadav has not defected from the Mahagathbandhan. It is Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his companions who have deserted the Mahagathbandhan. In fact, they should be disqualified,” Azad said. The JD-U MPs loudly objected to it while the opposition members came near the Chair’s podium shouting slogans. The Chair adjourned the House till 12 noon.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook