Ruckus in Rajya Sabha about Akhilesh Yadav is stopped at Lucknow airport
NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha transacted business for the first time
in the current session with the Zero Hour being taken up on Tuesday
morning. However, barely 45 minutes into the proceedings,
disruptions by Samajwadi Party MPs over their
leader Akhilesh Yadav being stopped at
Lucknow airport on his way to Prayagraj, led Chairman Venkaiah
Naidu to adjourn the House till 2pm. Soon after the House
assembled, leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad suggested that
with many sittings of this session washed out, the debate on motion
of thanks to the President’s address could be taken up on Tuesday,
followed by consideration and passage of the budget till Thursday
afternoon and then consideration of 6-7 bills as agreed to between
the government and opposition parties. Parliamentary affairs
Goel agreed, noting that completion of three items of business
— motion of thanks to President’s address, budget and 6-7 bills —
was part of their constitutional duties. He even suggested that the
Rajya Sabha sittings be extended for a few days to enable this.
As normalcy and order appeared to have returned with the House going into Zero Hour, many MPs across party lines were able to raise matters allowed by the chairman after due notice. These matters related to welfare of lawyers, journalists and retired DU teachers as well as the demand for AIIMS facility at Bihar and payment of dues to sugarcane farmers, etc.
However, as news of Akhilesh being prevented by the UP authorities at Lucknow airport as he headed for Prayagraj to attend a students’ congregation reached the SP members, they sought to raise the matter in the Rajya Sabha. Naidu disallowed the same stating that no prior notice was given. However, as the SP and other opposition MPs protested and headed for the well, Naidu adjourned the House till 2pm.
When the House reassembled at 2pm, the protests resumed. Even as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh appealed to members of the opposition to allow the House to conduct business, MPs from SP, BSP, RJD and TMC stormed into the well and shouted slogans, leading to the House being adjourned for half-an-hour. When the House resumed, so did the protests.
The RS deputy chairman kept on requesting members to go back to their seats so that the discussion on motion of thanks on President's address could be taken up. As the opposition continued to protest the House was adjourned till Wednesday.
However, the government amid the din managed to introduce two bills on Tuesday - the International Financial Services Center Authority Bill 2019 and Cinematography (amendment) Bill 2019.