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RajyaSabha adjourned twice as
Cong creates uproar over Rafale

2018-08-10

PTI

New Delhi, Aug 10 :  The RajyaSabha was adjournedtwice within minutes during the pre-lunch session today amidprotest by Congress members over their demand for a JPC probeinto the alleged scam in the Rafale jet deal.

Congress members were up on their feet since the start ofthe day in the RajyaSabha creating uproar over the Rafaleissue.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who chaired his first sessiontoday, kept appealing to agitating members to allow the ZeroHour to function where other members were seeking to raisematters of public importance.

Though the Zero Hour continued amid the din, Congressmembers raised their pitch and some other opposition membersentered the well to raise their issues.

The Deputy Chairman then adjourned the House a fewminutes before the Zero hour was to end.

When the House met for the Question Hour at noon,Congress members again raised their demand with several ofthem raising slogans standing in the aisles.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu then adjourned the House tillnoon.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition GhulamNabi Azad allegedthat the Rafale deal was a "big scam" and there should be aJPC probe into it.

Congress Deputy leaderAnand Sharma said whenever suchissues have been released earlier during previous Congressrules, a JPC probe was ordered and reiterated his party'sdemand.

Meanwhile, Derek O'Brien (TMC) raised a point of ordersaying legislative business should not be taken on a day whenprivate members' bill are listed.

To this, Minister of State for Parliamentary AffairsVijay Goel said it was agreed in the meeting of the BusinessAdvisory Committee (BAC) that legislative business would betaken up as the House was adjourned as mark of respect to DMKleader late Karunanidhi for a day.

However, Derek and Sharma said there was no suchagreement in the BAC meeting.

Goel alleged that the opposition was creating din in theHouse as they did not want the Triple Talaq Bill to be takenup for passage.

Later, the Chairman said it was suggested during the BACmeeting that bills would be taken up on Friday.

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