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Monsoon Session of Parliament: Mayawati threatens to quit RS; Opposition creates ruckus over cow politics

Amid noisy protests in both the Houses on Tuesday, the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha had to be adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday.

In the Rajya Sabha, the proceedings were repeatedly disrupted by an angry Opposition which sought to raise several issues like the violence against Dalits and minorities, to attack the government, as an angry BSP chief Mayawati also threatened to quit the House.

As Opposition members trooped into the Well, raising slogans, the adjournment of the proceedings was forced, once till noon, then till 2 pm and again till 3 pm.

Soon after the Upper House assembled for the day, a visibly angry Mayawati, who was speaking on the recent anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, threatened to resign from the House after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech.


Representational image. PTI

"I will resign from Rajya Sabha today," Mayawati shot back when Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked her to wrap up her speech as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her to make her submission.

Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House is till April 2018, argued with Kurien saying how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her 'samaj' (community) and the Dalits. "I have not finished. You cannot do this."

"I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits," she said.

Asking her not to make a speech, Kurien told the BSP chief to seek a discussion after giving a notice under rule 267 that seeks adjournment of proceedings to take up an issue.

Refusing to budge, Mayawati said she had no right to be in the House if she cannot protect the rights of her community. "I am going to resign from the House," she said and walked out in a huff.

Her party colleagues led by Satish Mishra followed her but were back in the House soon to raise slogans against the alleged anti-Dalit policies of the government.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati was challenging the Chair. "She should apologise. She has threatened the Chair," he said.

The BSP members immediately rushed into the Well shouting "Dalit virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi" (anti-Dalit government will not be tolerated).

Prevailing briefly over the protesting BSP members, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government before the start of the Monsoon Session had agreed to discuss any issue that the Opposition wants to raise in the house. "Promise was made to us in the presence of the prime minister. You are going against that," he said.

He said the Congress-led Opposition had given notices to discuss crisis facing farmers, anti-Dalit violence and lynching of minorities.

Responding to the barbs of the treasury benches to respect the people's mandate, Azad said the government has got a mandate to protect the Dalits and minorities and for development. Congress members then walked out of the House.

Soon thereafter, BSP members were back in the Well shouting slogans against the government. Sitaram Yechury (CPM) said the government policies were pushing farmers to commit suicide.

Directing the Opposition to return to their seats, Kurien said, "Shouting slogan is no solution. We can discuss. The Chair is ready to allow discussion on all subjects. Let us start," he said. But the Opposition members remained unrelenting, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings.

Earlier, Mayawati while elaborating on the incidents in Saharanpur, said the Dalits had agreed to the district administration's order not to take out any procession or install a statue of BR Ambedkar on 14 April. But the followers of Maharana Pratap however took out a procession on 5 May, she said.

Before she could complete, Kurien asked her to sit and called the next speaker, saying "you cannot monopolise", angering Mayawati.

Amid slogan shouting by members of Congress and other parties, Chairman Hamid Ansari called for taking up the Question Hour.

The continued sloganeering forced the Chairman to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

When the House reassembled at 2 pm, TMC member Derek O'Brien said that several Opposition members had given notices on issues related to farmers and the lynchings that have taken place across the country.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was ready for a discussion which could be held immediately.

Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party said that the number of sittings or the House were getting reduced. However, several Opposition members then trooped into the Well of the House and raised anti-government slogans.

Even as Union minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the government had taken steps for the weaker sections, the din continued and Kurien adjourned the House till 3 pm.

Meanwhile, in the Lower House

The Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned on the first working day of the Monsoon Session on Tuesday following noisy protests by the Opposition which sought to corner the government by raising several issues, including violent incidents involving cow vigilantes and the plight of farmers.

A belligerent Opposition wanted to discuss a host of issues as its members stormed the Well of the House during the Question Hour as well as later during the Zero Hour, forcing adjournment of the day's proceedings.

Members from the Congress, RJD, TMC and the Left, among others, trooped into Well. Many were shouting slogans and also displaying placards.

The Opposition members wanted to raise cow vigilantism, the plight of farmers and various other issues. The House was first adjourned after 15 minutes into Question Hour till noon as the bedlam continued.

As the House reassembled after the adjournment during Question Hour, the Opposition members again trooped into the Well raising anti-government slogans.

As many as three bills, including the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, were introduced. Besides, reports of various parliamentary committees were tabled before Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day.

One of the Opposition placards read, "Gau mata toh bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai (Cow protection is a tool to divert attention from farm loan waiver)".

"Vijay Mallya ko bhagaya, kisano ko rulaya (Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave, while farmers were made to cry)," read another placard.

BJP members from Karnataka were also seen holding placards and standing at their benches asking the state government to protect honest officers.

They were referring to the recent transfer of DIG (Prisons) D Roopa, who had reportedly exposed that AIADMK leader Sasikala Natrajan was provided special facilities and services inside prison.

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 16:47 PM

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