Amid continuing disruption in both Houses of parliament against the Arunachal Pradesh governor’s recent moves, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad introduced a new dimension to the Congress’s onslaught by alleging an attempt at “RSS-isation” of Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. He said more boys in J&K are joining militancy because the BJP has formed a government there.
His statement outside the House came hours after the Congress got support from other parties as it stalled the House for an eighth day. The JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav and K C Tyagi, the CPI’s D Raja and DMK’s Tiruchi Siva said the Rajya Sabha, being the council of states, should discuss Arunachal and the home minister should reply.
“Jammu and Kashmir they have succeeded… They made the government there… The reaction is that more boys are joining militancy. This is only because of the BJP forming government; for that they will have to pay later on,” Azad told reporters. “Now in the Northeast they are going to topple one by one Congress governments… put some RSS governor and just penetrate these states also. So this is RSSisation of Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast.” To a question, he said “Of course, we will knock on the doors of the court. Ultimately, Arunachal people will have to go. Of course, they will go.”
In the Rajya Sabha, which saw a number of adjournments through the day, Azad has given a notice for moving a substantive motion for a discussion on the conduct of the governor.
In the morning session, Sitaram Yechury (CPM) and Sharad Yadav took up the situation in Arunachal, besides Azad. Deputy chairman P J Kurien said any allegations against the governor would be expunged and he would request the chairman to allow a discussion.
The Lok Sabha, meanwhile, saw an abrupt adjournment in the morning and a walkout by the Congress in the afternoon. With the Speaker disallowing Leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge from raising the issue, the party protested, at which the treasury benches too reacted angrily, leading to an uproar and the adjournment. Deepender Singh Hooda too tried to raise an issue of privilege but was prevented by ruling party MPs who objected when he started speaking.
Union Ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Venkaiah Naidu took turns at attacking the Congress, with the latter saying it was Congress MPs who had murdered democracy by drowning out question hour.
In the afternoon, Congress MPs again created a ruckus and Kharge asked for two minutes to speak on Arunachal. “There is a constitutional crisis in Arunachal Pradesh… They have created an assembly outside the House. They have destroyed democracy.”
When Kharge was not allowed to speak, the Congress MPs walked out.