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Vijay Goel gets rap from Naidu in Rajya Sabha for arguing with opposition

Mr Vijay Goel, minister, don't argue with other members. Any member having anything should address the Chair: M Venkaiah Naidu

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu  speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Friday, during the ongoing winter session of Parliament. (Photo: PTI)
Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Friday, during the ongoing winter session of Parliament. (Photo: PTI)

M on Friday chided of State for Parliamentary Affairs for indulging in an argument with the Opposition members.

As Goel read out the government's listed business for the rest of the session, stood up and said that the government was trying to cram too many bills in a short time.

"Sir, this is 22 hours of business but Parliament is not going to work for that long (in this session). The number of bills should be realistic. They are doing it just for publicity that government wants to pass so many bills," Agarwal said.

To this, Goel, looking straight at Agarwal, shot back: "The government is serious about all these bills, they concern public interests. They were all there in the (BAC). These can be introduced only if you let the House function."

However, Naidu, apparently not impressed with Goel's aggression cut him short.

"Mr. Vijay Goel, minister, don't argue with other members. Any member having anything should address the No cross questioning is allowed in this House either by members or ministers or by anybody," said.

"There is House, there is and there are rules and regulations. Don't worry, everything will be taken care of," he added.

A few minutes later, however, Goel again repeated his act, indulging in an argument with who had been asking for an adjournment. Sharma complained to the of Goel's interruptions.

"Sir, the is again interrupting directly. You had just told him not to," Sharma said.

To this, again told Goel, albeit this time gently, to not directly address the members. Goel then sat down and Naidu adjourned the House till Wednesday.

It is not usual for the to scold ministers but there have been a few instances.

In the last Winter Session, the House had witnessed a similar scene when P J Kurien chided then of State for Parliamentary Affairs

"I will take action against you. I don't mind if you are a Minister," an agitated Kurien had told Naqvi when the latter asked him under what rule he had allowed a point of order by member Anand Sharma, who was speaking at that time.

"What? You cannot do my job. What are you doing? Sit down. Who are you to ask under what rule? Sit down," Kurien had said loudly.

First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 19:06 IST
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