New Delhi, Aug 1: Furious over the protest by Opposition in Rajya Sabha, chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday reprimanded the MPs for preventing Upper House of Parliament from functioning. He said, “It seems a conspiracy … not letting the House function by creating controversy… You are doing something which is not acceptable in the parliamentary system.”
Trinamool Congress (TMC) was protesting because Naidu allowed BJP president Amit Shah to continue with his speech which he was not able to complete on Tuesday due to ruckus by the opposition members. Earlier also, the House was adjourned for two times on the same issue.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Sukhendu Shekhar Roy raised a point of order and said as per the rules of conduct of the upper House, a member cannot speak twice on the same issue if he fails to complete his speech in the first instance. But his point of order was rejected by the Chairman. Naidu said he had given permission to Shah to complete his speech and asked him to continue.
Following which the TMC members trooped near the Chairman’s podium and started raising slogans. Naidu urged the TMC members to go back to their seats and allow Shah to continue.
But the TMC members did not relent and they continued with their protest and sloganeering. “You create disorder and you raise a point of order… There must be some patience to hear the reply,” Naidu said.
The BJP and the TMC are at loggerheads over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Shah had claimed that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had the courage to do what the Congress lacked on identifying foreigners.
(With agency inputs)