Rajya Sabha adjourned for one hour; Opposition Trains Guns on President Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for an hour on Monday after President M Venkaiah Naidu rejected notices to suspend activities and discussed the nationwide general strike called by workers and rising prices.

Shortly after the official papers were laid on the House table, Naidu announced that he had received notices from Derek O’Brien (Trinamool Congress), Ashok Sidharth (BSP), Binoy Viswam (CPI), Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya and Dr V Sivadasan. (CPI-M) and Tiruchi Siva but he did not allow it.

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The notices focused on the general strike, price hikes, rising fuel prices and concerns over atrocities against Dalits in Rajasthan.

“I have gone through the notices. I have decided not to admit them,” Naidu said, prompting opposition MPs to demand an immediate discussion.

Naidu immediately adjourned the House until noon. No Zero Hour notice can be taken into account.

Naidu’s decision to adjourn the House in seconds drew the ire of the opposition.

Chief Congress Whip Jairam Ramesh tweeted: “Truly extraordinary that a few minutes after 11 a.m. as soon as opposition MPs rose to raise questions about the price hike and union strike, the Honorable President adjourned the Rajya Sabha instantly. Obviously, the Modi Sarkar does not want discussion or debate!”

O’Brien tweeted: “Shocker. All Oppn members were in their seats. Yet Rajya Sabha adjourned until 12:00 noon. Zero Hour Washed Out. BJP shuns talk of price hike. BJP does not does not want Parliament to show up. Show TV images: the country will know the truth…”

Later, leftist and DMK MPs staged a protest near the Gandhi statue in the parliament complex in solidarity with the general striking workers.

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