Opposition disrupts Rajya Sabha proceedings, protests against govt decision to raise LPG price

A united Opposition on Tuesday stalled the pre-noon proceedings in the Rajya Sabha protesting against the government's decision to hike LPG prices

PTI August 01, 2017 12:55:35 IST
Opposition disrupts Rajya Sabha proceedings, protests against govt decision to raise LPG price

New Delhi: A united Opposition on Tuesday stalled the pre-noon proceedings in the Rajya Sabha protesting against the government's decision to hike the prices of domestic cooking gas (LPG) by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all subsidies by next March.

Opposition disrupts Rajya Sabha proceedings protests against govt decision to raise LPG price

Opposition Congress members protest in the Rajya Sabha. PTI

Congress, SP, TMC, BSP and Left MPs stormed into the Well of the House shouting slogans seeking withdrawal of the decision, forcing Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to first adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes and then till noon.

The issue was raised by Derek O'Brien (TMC) who gave a notice under rule 267 that seeks to set aside business of the day to discuss an important issue.

He said the government was not fulfilling its social commitment to provide cooking gas at subsidised rates. Oil prices have come down from $ 111 per barrel to $ 48 but the government is raising rates of cooking fuel, he said.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had on Monday told Lok Sabha that the government has doubled the monthly increase in LPG price to Rs 4 per cylinder from 1 July with a view to eliminate all subsidies by March 2018.

"Whey they make promises, why not implement it", O'Brien asked.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said the notice under rule 267 was being disallowed but a short duration debate can be permitted if a notice is given.

The opposition members rushed into the Well shouting slogans against the decision, forcing Kurien to adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes.

When the House met again, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the people had voluntarily given up their subsidies in the hope that subsidised cooking gas will be given to the poor.

But the government is "killing the poor", as within a year, the price of LPG would go up by Rs 48 per cylinder at a time when oil rates globally have slumped to a multi-year low. "This is not acceptable", he said.

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