The South Asian Times

22 March 2019 04:38 AM

Ruckus continues, Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day


New Delhi, March 9: The Rajya Sabha continued to witness uproarious scenes over various issues on Friday, including the TDP demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh and the PNB scam, forcing the Chair to adjourn it for the day.

As soon as the house reassembled at 2.30 p.m. after an adjournment, Congress, Telugu Desam Party and AIADMK members trooped near the Chairman's podium and started sloganeering.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien urged the protesting members to allow him to conduct private members' business but the opposition remained on their feet.

Congress member Pramod Tiwary was heard saying something about the Punjab National Bank fraud and demanding the Centre's response on the issue.

TDP members held placards in support of their demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh while AIADMK members from Tamil Nadu raked up the Cauvery water issue.

Amid the sloganeering, Kurien adjourned the house till Monday morning.

Earlier, agitating members forced Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 2.30 p.m.

As soon as Naidu called for Zero Hour after conducting the listed business, the TDP and AIADMK members were on their feet. They trooped near the Chair's podium and started shouting.

Naidu urged them to return to their seats, and said a week has already been wasted due to the protests.

But the agitating members did not relent. Amid the chaos, the Chairman adjourned the house till 2.30 p.m.

Update: 09 March, 2018