With the government having failed to pass its legislative business in the Monsoon Session which was a near washout, Venakiah Naidu appealed to all political parties to cooperate in the ‘larger national interest’.
At a dharna in the holy city’s Bhandari Bridge, Union Minister Vijay Sampla, the main speaker at the protest, said the Congress was more dangerous than Pakistan as he blamed the opposition for the disruption.
Parliament is sovereign but it also has to serve the people.
The time spent on legislative business in the Rajya Sabha in this session was 0.1 hours.
Sushma Swaraj defended her role in helping Lalit Modi obtain travel documents, saying if doing something out of compassion was a crime, then she was guilty.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said “it was wrong propaganda by the government that the Congress opposed GST on the floor of the House.”
Neither the Congress nor the BJP seems to be interested in the functioning of Parliament
Although no legislative business was conducted, the speaker conducted the Question Hour and allowed the Zero Hour, which gave ruling party MPs to raise matters of public importance.
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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has reportedly told Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that he will not support the protests by Congress as he wants the House to function.
The panel had sought an extension, which ended on July 30, to complete the task. The report has to be submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.
There is no evidence to suggest that parliamentary behaviour is a consideration for voters — something that is obvious to most elected politicians.
Venkaiah Naidu said Swaraj was willing to answer all questions but Congress did not want a discussion.
Attendance was, however, thin. At one stage, only one MP, Mehbooba Mufti, sat in the Opposition.
Joining the protest was former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was present at the demonstration before the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament complex.