Congress-BJP clash in Rajya Sabha over Ghulam Nabi Azad’s expunged remarks

The Chair persuaded AIADMK and Congress members to withdraw from the Well, telling them that he would give opportunity to their leaders to raise their respective issues.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 3:17 pm
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Congress and BJP members on Friday clashed in Rajya Sabha over Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks during demonetisation debate on Thursday, forcing adjournment of the House thrice in quick succession. Slogans and counter slogans forced the adjournment of the House first till 1130 hours, then till noon and again till 1233 hours as similar scenes continued.

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Soon after listed papers were laid on the table of the House, BJP members moved into aisles shouting slogans and demanding an apology from Azad for his remarks comparing the deaths after demonetisation with those killed in terrorist attacks. The remarks were expunged by the Chair yesterday itself.

Congress members too rushed into the Well raising slogans demanding an apology from the Prime Minister and government for the hardship caused to the common man due to withdrawal of 86 per cent of the currency in circulation in the form of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes. AIADMK members were also in the Well raising slogans over the Cauvery water issue.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked all members to leave the Well and return to their seats, assuring them that he would hear their submissions.

Amid the din, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged that Azad’s statement had given a message to the country that Congress was sympathetic to terrorism and asked why was it so agitated when the demonetisation drive was only to hurt blackmoney hoarders.

The Chair persuaded AIADMK and Congress members to withdraw from the Well, telling them that he would give opportunity to their leaders to raise their respective issues.

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But with BJP members continuing to stand in the aisles and raise slogans, Congress members too were back in the well shouting slogans.

Kurien said treasury benches should not create problems for the Chair. “If you do this, what do I do? You should cooperate with me in running the House. Treasury benches should not disrupt,” he said.

But the din continued, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings till 1130 hours. There was no change in the scenario when the House reassembled as both BJP and Congress members again started raising slogans.

While Congress members trooped into the Well, several AIADMK members were seen standing along their seats.

As the slogans and counter slogans continued, the Chair adjourned the House till noon. When the House reassembled at noon, members from the Opposition again trooped into the Well demanding an “apology from the Prime Minister” for causing harrassment to the people. The BJP members were also on their feet countering the Opposition.

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All pleas by Chairman Hamid Ansari to run the Question Hour proceedings failed to make any impact on the Congress and other members who were raising slogans.

As the heated exchanges between the Opposition and Treasury bench members continued, Ansari said “allow the Question Hour to run. What are you doing? Please go back to your seats.” As the uproar continued, the Chairman adjourned the House for 30 minutes till 1233 hours.

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  1. M
    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:34 am
    Congress has produced new breed of termites in India called Nehru-mites!
    1. M
      Nov 18, 2016 at 11:00 pm
      Mr. HOPO-sition-WALLA, the charlatan of leftover colonial mindset, all your concerens and sympathy for the poor does not even have the quarter of the pion Modi has when he talks about the poor! Just go to one of his public meeting, listen to him then internalise what he says and how says and then come and give people "wisdom", if you get any!
      1. V
        Virendra Sason
        Nov 18, 2016 at 8:03 am
        उरी में भारतीय वीरो की शहादल का बदला भारतीय सैनिको ने पाक में घुस कर, 60 पाक आतंकवादियों को मौत के घाट उतार कर लिया। यह बड़ा सराहनीय कार्य था। भारत इसके लिए सैनिको को salute करता है।lt;br/gt;लेकिन मोदी जी द्वारा काला धन के विरुद्ध सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक के दौरान 60 बूड़े लचर व्यक्ति अकारण ही बैंक से पैसा निकलते मर गए। इसके लिए कौन जिम्मेदार है। संभवत जनता अगले चुनाव में वोट न दे कर सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक करेगी। संभवत गुलाम नवी आज़ाद का आशय यही था।
        1. A
          ashok s
          Nov 18, 2016 at 8:52 am
          Opposition and position went to have lunch in posh Delhi area and they are planning for g party in some farmhouse in haryana tomorrow
          1. A
            Nov 18, 2016 at 8:48 am
            All Blind Bakhts..copy right of impotent FEKU. let him get his wife first before doing nation building. SC said riot like situation. get Amit Shah and Mohan bhagwat and kill then at Chandi Chowk. M killers
            1. D
              Nov 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm
              United for corruption......dia deserves better and sensible people in opposition. These Khujlis,Ghulams,Bombtas don-t deserve to be representatives.
              1. P
                PN badri
                Nov 19, 2016 at 6:41 am
                Controversial decision by rulers and sarcastic comments by critics. Government should also express unqualified apologies to the citizens of this country for their hardship for the 10days. Brutal majority government taking the country to economic paralysis. PM should announce compensation to the families of people died in queues in front of bank premises. They should extend the grace period for another 3months to deposit the invalid notes with their banks to avoid the mishaps.
                1. C
                  Chandrashekhar Deshpande
                  Nov 18, 2016 at 11:19 am
                  In this country, to establish that U r Secular then U should attend Iftar Party, Wear Red or Blue Rumal around your neck, Wear a ToPI and give statements in favour of stanis, give support to the statement Hindustan Ki Barbadi, use emails for talaq ,etc,etc but you can be more Nationalist when you support Uri attack in the sense that It had made lesser damage in quantum than the people who are unfortunately lost their life.
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