Congress MPs continued to disrupt the Rajya Sabha over the government’s alleged vendetta against the Opposition, leading to six adjournments. At one stage, they let out howls that got deputy chairman P J Kurien to urge them not to make a “zooming noise”.
“We have already started discussion on the (whistleblowers protection) bill… The next speaker is Naresh Agrawal… Calm down, Calm down please. That is not the way… Don’t make (this) peculiar zooming noise. Howling is not good… Not good… I would request you to go back to your seats. I would request you to go back to your seats so that we could take up this important discussion… That is my request to the hon. members… Please cooperate… The chair is helpless… The House is adjourned up to 3 pm,” Kurien said.
When the House reassembled to the same noises, Kurien declared: “I am sorry that the members are roaring and shouting. What can I do? I am sorry that I am not able to proceed with the bill because the members are not allowing. It is very unfortunate… It is very unfortunate… It is a very sorry state of affairs in the House.” He adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier, minister of state Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had alleged that the Opposition is holding the house to “ransom” for their “private matters”. “You protect the house,” Naqvi urged Kurien.
“We are ready for a discussion on all the issues that they are raising,” minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during zero hour, alleging the Opposition MPs wanted to “run away” from a debate.