Rajya Sabha sees disruptions, suspensions

Rajya Sabha sees disruptions, suspensions

New Delhi: Before being finally adjourned for the day, the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated disruptions on Wednesday caused due to protests by opposition MPs on various issues including price rise, hike in GST rate, alleged misuse of central agencies and the hooch tragedy in Gujarat.

As the House reassembled post lunch, AAP’s Sanjay Singh protested the decision to suspend him for a week.

Bubaneswar Kalita, in the Chair, urged Sanjay Singh to withdraw from the House as he was suspended.

“Please maintain the dignity of the House, don’t break the discipline of the House. You have been suspended, please withdraw from the House,” he said.

Whatever Sanjay Singh has done is deplorable, the Chair observed.

Amid continuous pandemonium, Kalita adjourned the House till Thursday.

Earlier, Sanjay Singh was suspended for the remaining part of the current week for unruly behaviour.

According to the motion for suspension, Sanjay Singh tore up some papers on Tuesday and threw then towards the Chair.

“By his unruly behaviour, which is unbecoming of a member of Rajya Sabha Sanjay Singh has disregarded the authority of the Chair and brought disrepute to the august House. Therefore I am constraint to invoke Rule 256 and name Sanjay Singh,” said Deputy Chairman Harivansh.

The House reassembled after repeated adjournments. Sanjay Singh and some other members were near the Chair and shouting slogans.

While the Chair was urging the 19 suspended members to withdraw from the chamber and other members to go back to their seats, Sanjay Singh tore up the papers.

Sanjay Singh was warned by Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday as well when he stood up to raise the Gujarat hooch tragedy.

“Before I say something, Sanjay Singh please sit down. What is this? Height of irresponsibility. I have to say… you don’t want me to say this? I will name you and you will be sent out. You have to understand that. Don’t provoke me. Chair is announcing something. What to do if you don’t have the patience to listen,” Naidu said.

On Tuesday, the opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha protested the move to suspend 19 MPs raising ‘We want justice’ slogans inside the House.


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