New Delhi, April 4: Furious over the unending protest by Opposition benches in Rajya Sabha, chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday reprimanded the MPs for preventing Upper House of Parliament from functioning. “You are testing the patience of the people of the country,” Naidu told the leaders.
As soon as the House convened, several Opposition MPs started shouting slogans against the government. A few of the leaders trooped towards the well of the House holding placards. Despite repeated appeals from the chairman, the MPs refused to return to their designated seats. This infuriated Naidu further.
“We have not transacted any bills, country wants development, you are testing the patience of the people of the country. Please understand that the entire country is agitated with what is happening in the House,” an angry Naidu told the House while adjourning it for 2 PM. (Also Read: 90 Per Cent Rajya Sabha MPs Are Crorepatis, Reveals ADR Report)
This is not for the first time that Naidu has expressed his annoyance over continuous protests in Rajya Sabha. “We don’t have courtesy even for retiring members,” Naidu had remarked recently after his repeated appeal for maintaining the decorum of the House to bid farewell to 40 retiring MPs went unheeded by AIADMK members who were protesting over the Cauvery water issue.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have witnessed disruptions over different issues including demands for special status to Andhra Pradesh, setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the multi-thousand crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud since March 5 when Parliament reassembled for the budget session after recess. Budget 2018-19, as well as some important bills were passed amid the din in Lok Sabha, without any debate.