The Rajya Sabha faced a stormy session on Wednesday with it being adjourned five times after Opposition members created a ruckus inside the Upper House over I-T raids in MLAs' houses in Bengaluru. The proceedings in the Lok Sabha, on the contrary, were relatively peaceful as MPs debated GST in Jammu and Kashmir and banking regulation amendment bill.
Since the beginning of the session, there was ruckus in the Rajya sabha over the Karnataka raids leading to multiple adjournments. Congress member Pramod Tiwari raised a point of order and objected to the Centre sending paramilitary forces to Bengaluru along with Income Tax officials.
Congress MPs trooped to the podium and shouted slogans against the Narendra Modi government saying, "Loktantra ki hatya band karo (Stop killing democracy)."
Arun Jaitley clarified that DK Shivakumar, a Congress MLA who was the target of the I-T raids on Wednesday, has been under the I-T scanner for a while and the resort was not the target.
Responding to Jaitley's claim that no raids were conducted at the resort, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the minister and his brother were coordinating the stay of Gujarat MLAs that is why it is a targeted timing. He said that the Opposition will not buy the argument that this is a mere coincidence.
Gujarat Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil later rebutted the finance minister's statement in the House, claiming that the rooms of the MLAs were also searched.
No business conducted in Rajya Sabha
The Upper House was adjourned five times on Wednesday. The first adjournment took place at 11:30 am for 10 minutes when Congress members created an uproar over the I-T raids in Karnataka. The protests continued even when the session began following which the House was again adjourned for 10 minutes at 12.08 pm. Opposition members weren't allowing Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to speak and trooped the Well before the House was adjourned for 15 mins amid chaos at 2.16pm.
When the House reconvened, Congress members Pramod Tiwari and Anand Sharma again raised the issue of paramilitary forces accompanying I-T officials.
"Central forces cannot be sent to a state for any purpose. It is a clear violation of the Constitution. We are a federal country. They sent paramilitary forces without informing the state government. This cannot be accepted," Sharma said.
The government did not deny the Opposition's allegations and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the "fight against corruption will not stop no matter how much they shout".
The House reconvened at 2.25 pm, but soon afterwards the Opposition members walked into the Well. Slogans like "Modi teri Gundagardi nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi" and "Loktantra ki hatya, band karo band karo!" were raised in the Rajya Sabha.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned for another 15 minutes before being adjourned for the day at 2:48pm without transacting any listed business on Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, the Question Hour progressed smoothly in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The discussion soon moved to Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2017 where Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy echoed Veerappa Moily's words, saying, "The whole banking system is on the verge of collapse and this ordinance is a single straw. How can we trust the RBI as it has not even been able to count the money that was collected during the demonetisation?"
The Opposition castigated the government over the rising non-performing assets (NPAs), especially in Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks, and accused it of failing to tackle the problem. The House was adjourned for the day with plans to continue further discussion on the issue on Thursday.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 22:38 PM