Rajya Sabha ruckus: Digvijaya Singh raises objections over Goa Governor’s conduct

They also trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans such as 'Loktantra ki hatya band karo, band karo' (Stop the murder of democracy).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2017 3:33 pm
digvijaya singh, mridula sinha, rajya sabha, parliament, rajya sabha today, congress, goa, goa floor test, manohar parrikar, goa governor Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. (File Photo)

The Rajya Sabha was disrupted earlier Friday when Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh alleged that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha committed ‘gross constitutional impropriety’ in the light of the BJP forming a coalition government in the state.

Singh said he wanted to raise the issue under rule 267 so that proceedings of the listed business of the House be suspended in order to discuss it. To which, PJ Kurien, deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, objected and said, “A Governor can be discussed here but only on the basis of a substantive motion. So 267 I cannot allow…why don’t you move a substantive motion?”

Following Singh, other Congress leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma also rose to demand a discussion on the issue. They also trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans such as ‘Loktantra ki hatya band karo, band karo’ (Stop the murder of democracy).

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government is ready for a discussion if the Congress brings a substantive motion.

Singh, who was the central observer in Goa after the election results threw up a fractured mandate, has alleged that the Governor did not invite the Congress to stake claim to form the government in spite of being the single-largest party in the Assembly. However, the BJP which has formed a government under Manohar Parrikar, said Singh and the Congress were lethargic and slow to reach out to the regional parties such as the MGP and the GFP and in the process lost out in getting a majority. While the Congress got 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly, the BJP was second with 13 seats. Parrikar on Thursday successfully won the floor test in the Assembly securing votes of 22 MLAs.

“They didn’t have the numbers on day one, or when they went to court. Even when they went to the floor test today, they had one less than 17. We have succeeded in debunking Digvijaya Singh’s claims,” said Parrikar.

The Congress party also suffered a rebellion when one of its MLAs, Viswajit Rane, abstained from voting and later resigned from the primary membership of the party. He attributed his actions to the ‘disgusting failure of the Congress in Goa.’

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First Published on: March 17, 2017 12:13 pm
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    Chander Pal
    Mar 17, 2017 at 6:51 am
    RaGa and Diggy raja are on top of the list of BJP karyakartas.
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      Dinesh
      Mar 17, 2017 at 7:33 am
      Digvijaya Singh why don't you marry Sonai you know you're so ugly B A S T R D
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        IML sood
        Mar 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm
        Every one could see that IE media has become a 'Ma Media',picking up non news as big news, just for TRP or some unknown reason. The news about Khujli and its AAP,news about this polically discarded Diggy making noise in RS after his incompetence, are such news have any importance for ordinary reader. How media for some unknown reasons stoop so low to report their choice news to misguide public.
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          Satendra kumar
          Mar 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
          Sir Digvijay Singh should learn the consution again the highest numbers does matter whichever gets highest Numbers gets a tick.a p ?
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            Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
            Mar 17, 2017 at 7:30 am
            My humble request to D-I-C=K Vijay Singh,---you no longer authorised to make statement on behalf of the goans,----consution does not allow you as per by the law,---the floor test has proved that you and CONGIE no longer required in the day to day activities of Goa and that you have been reduced to 0,----please finish your vacation as usual and return back to your home and remind yourself that in politics against BJP,--you are now a history,----Jai hind.
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              MyTake
              Mar 17, 2017 at 8:19 am
              Follow the rules that you set. lt;br/gt;Alternatives: be ready to be kicked out again and again and again until you are vanished!
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                PPrasad78
                Mar 17, 2017 at 8:19 am
                Instead of sloganeering outside the Parliament like hooligans , Congi should be debating issues inside the Parliament !lt;br/gt;When will Congi learn and abide by the culture of debates and deliberations ??
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                  Sastry
                  Mar 17, 2017 at 10:00 am
                  THIS business of disruption we may have to put up for some more time befor congis lose their majority
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                    Rahul
                    Mar 17, 2017 at 9:33 am
                    Digvijay is pathetic old man well past his sell by date
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                      ss
                      Mar 17, 2017 at 8:23 am
                      Modi already lost the 2019 election from the current embly election results we see. lt;br/gt;If people were supporting modis policies why did they lose Punjab(3rd place), and did even get half the seats in goa and Manipur with no pre alliances, and modi and media is thumping chests that it's an acceptance of his policies. UP also is won due to current state govt inefficient rule and nothing to do with modis brainless policieslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;so why did parikar removed from DM to become CM of a small state of goa, just because a ally asked he should be the CM, was bjp so desparate to rule goa?lt;br/gt;Truth is all these ministers are underperforming, including Jaitley, so a revamp is soon on the cards, but that will not help either.
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                        Nath
                        Mar 17, 2017 at 11:21 am
                        Since Congi, SP,BSP lost all sort of claims such as EVM faulty,Governor faulty,people faulty are raised. NDTV prannoy,Gupta,S,Jain and others support them.
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                          Bimmi Singh
                          Mar 17, 2017 at 10:53 am
                          The election held in 5 states recently is blessing in disguise for Indian democracy. Clearly the collusion of congress and BJP surfaces with concrete evidence. The upper caste Brahmins hold of the power and their intentions became quite evident now. Common people struggling for 2 times meal a day, one day will realize this fraud, that day will be real independence from slavery.
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                            Indianbaba
                            Mar 17, 2017 at 9:42 am
                            SS - what is your IQ?
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                              Chand
                              Mar 17, 2017 at 8:32 am
                              Digvijay Singh is crying over split milk and trying to hide his failure as the party observer to Goa. He could not even keep his flock together and two Congress MLA's have already quit the party.
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                                Ankush
                                Mar 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                                Digvijay, motilal vora, ambica soni and many more must be retire from active politics
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                                  Tushar
                                  Mar 17, 2017 at 10:05 am
                                  BJP didn't give attention because they knew punjab had gone very worse that they won't even get the deposit back ... Now they defend them by saying we have not tried much lol .. Okie If Goa was such an important state and nothing is there to offer for Congress how did they come first lol
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                                    Tushar
                                    Mar 17, 2017 at 10:01 am
                                    Governor was not ready meet when he called as they were not invited or informed by gov ..governor rejected his request to meet
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                                      Tushar
                                      Mar 17, 2017 at 10:03 am
                                      He said the truth .... Truths are always pathetic for Jhumla party lol
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                                        Tushar
                                        Mar 17, 2017 at 10:06 am
                                        Where did Congress rose this question ... My dear is speaker sitting outside the house that Congress demanded speaker for discussion on the issue .. Kuch bhi bolte ho yar
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                                          Tushar
                                          Mar 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
                                          😛😛😛😛
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                                            Bhola
                                            Mar 17, 2017 at 9:46 am
                                            DIGVIJAY TYPE FRAUD NETAS SHOULD GO TO OBLIVION AND YOUNG AND HONEST LEADERS SHOULD REPLACE THESE BUGGERS.EVEN THE KID RAHUL SHOULD BE REPLACED AS HE WILL NEVER GROW.
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