New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday announced three days of extended weekend break for Christmas celebrations. December 24 and 26 will be a holiday for the House. Earlier, only December 25 was declared as a holiday for Christmas.
But now even Monday and Wednesday have been declared as holidays. This will give members a five-day break beginning from Saturday, December 22.
“24th December, Monday will be a holiday. 26th December will be a holiday,” Naidu said. This, he said, will allow MPs from far off places like the North East and Kerala time to travel to their regions and return to the national capital for attending Parliament.
The Winter Session of Parliament began on December 11 and was slated to have 20 sittings. With these two holidays, the number of sitings has been reduced to 18.
Earlier, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day amid ruckus minutes after it met. As the proceedings began, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said Congress member Anand Sharma had wrongly presented his (Goel’s) statement on Tuesday in order to disrupt the House and urged the Chair to correct the record of the earlier proceedings.
Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said he would look at the records to “verify” the claims. The Congress MPs loudly objected to Goel’s allegation and many of them were on their feet.
They trooped to the Chair’s podium raising slogans. The party has already been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal.
The AIADMK and DMK members were already nearing the podium protesting against a proposed dam on the Cauvery river.
Amid the ruckus and sloganeering, Naidu adjourned the House for the day.