Vanzara’s charges rock Rajya Sabha

Yechury led Left members out of the House.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 6, 2013 1:47 am

Jailed police officer D G Vanzara’s allegations against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi rocked the Rajya Sabha Thursday.

Members of the Left parties,Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (United) were on their feet as soon as the House assembled for the day,shouting slogans and demanding that the issue be taken up for discussion immediately.

The demand,however,did not find favour with deputy chairman P J Kurein who asked them to return to their seats so that a reference could be read out to pay tribute to former President and Rajya Sabha’s first chairman Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

Soon as the reference was read,the protesting members walked into the aisles and demanded that their notice for discussion be taken up.

“If one of you speak,I will allow,” Kurien said. The members,however,continued to shout “Vanzara,Vanzara”,prompting the BJP members to rise up and counter them. Kurien tried to restore order but failed; he then adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

When the House reconvened,Sitaram Yechury of the CPM said the issue of terrorism was not a state subject as it concerns the entire country. But Kurien ruled that the subject could not be raised in Rajya Sabha.“That is not a subject to be raised here because that is a statement of an undertrial. Chairman can’t take congnisance of a statement by an undertrial,” he said.

So,the Left members continued with their protest,saying they had been assured permission to raise the issue. They were countered by slogan-shouting BJP members.

Yechury then led Left members out of the House. After their walkout,the proceedings continued.

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