Vociferous protests by Opposition benches demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statements outside Parliament, led to the stalling of Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha today.
As Chairman Hamid Ansari called for the first question of the day at noon, Opposition Congress, TMC, SP and BSP members created ruckus in the Upper House as they kept shouting slogans demanding Modi's presence and an apology from him.
Ansari told protesting members to maintain order in the House and urged them not to "trample on the rights of members asking starred questions."
But unrelenting members intensified shouting slogans -- "Pradhan Mantri Maafi Maango (PM should apologise), Rona Dhona Bandh Karo, Pradhan Mantri House mein aao (Stop crying, Prime Minister come to House).
The BJP members were on their feet to counter the Opposition and shouted "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" slogans.
Observing that "this is unfair", Ansari said "Why aren't you doing slogan shouting in the streets. This is not the place to shout."
The Chair's pleas to maintain order went unheeded and the House was adjourned till 1430 hours.
(Reopen PAR13) As soon as the Rajya Sabha reconvened at 1430 hours, the Opposition members again trooped into Well of the House and created ruckus by shouting slogans such as "Modi teri taanasahi nahin chalegi' (Modi, your dictatorship will not be allowed)". BJP members were also shouting slogans countering the Opposition parties but nothing could be heard in the din. The AIADMK members were also in the Well of the House, raising some demand but it was not clear what those were. With Oppostion members unreleneting, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for the day. However, before adjouring the House, Kurien took up private members' legislative business amid din. K K Ragesh (CPI) introduced a private member bill proposing to amend the Constitition of India to insert a new Article 21(b).
Article 21 deals with fundamental right to life and liberty. V Vijayasai Reddy (YSR Congress) also introduced a bill proposing to amend the Articles 102 and 191 of the Constitution. Article 102 deals with disqualification of members of either House of Parliament, while Article 191 deals with disqualification of members of Legislative Assemblies or Councils. Sasikala Pushpa (AIADMK) introduced a bill to provide for welfare of women by providing fund and creating employment opportunities. The bill also seeks to provide for equal pay to women workers as well as reservation of posts and appointments for women in services under the central government. Vivek Gupta of Trinamool Congress introduced a Bill to provide for an independent audit committee to examine and scrutinise the available and actually disbursed remuneration and statutory benefits to tea workers. It also seeks to constitute a fund to promote welfare facilities and other special provisins, reservation for their children in colleges and universities and for overall welfare of tea workers. Gupta also introduced a Bill to provide for the establishment of an Inter-State River Water Authority to look into regulations and development of dams on inter-state rivers, controlling developmental activities on inter-state rivers, monitoring the safety and effects on habitats of dams on inter-state rivers.