Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Oppn alleges voice being muzzled, decides to boycott Rajya Sabha

As SP members protested and came to the Well of the House, Naidu said he will be forced to adjourn the House.

Naidu said he was committed to allow all members to raise any issue as per rules and procedures and "none should have any misgiving about that".

They were protesting apparently against the adjournment of the House within minutes after it had assembled till 2 PM, thereby doing away with the Zero Hour and the entire Question Hour when issues of public importance are raised. However, he told Trinamool Congress members that they can not take the name of Governor inside the House. Normally, the House is adjourned for a few minutes or half an hour in case of disruptions and in the meanwhile, the Chair calls members from both the government and the opposition and try to mediate a settlement to ensure smooth functioning of the House afterwards.

Elaborating on the pattern of disruptions, Naidu said he has admitted a total of 42 zero hour admissions during the last three working days and observed that of these, only one member could make a submission. So my intention in adjourning the house for longer period is that I want everybody to understand the seriousness and the concern of mine. "Our voices are being muzzled outside and if our voice is muzzled inside the House, we are going to boycott for the whole day", said Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said that the Chairman's decisions could not be questioned in the House and the aggrieved members may meet the Chairman in his chamber. "I will allow you", he said. "I would like to advise the Parliamentary Affairs Minister to see that Ministers who are supposed to lay papers on the Table of the House are in the House on time", Mr Naidu had said, adding if some Ministers have other engagements, they should not list papers against their names. TMC's Derek O'Brien was seen in the House waving a paper, saying, "Governor of the State can't interfere..." "No one today talks to me over phone because they say your phone is tapped", he claimed.

Earlier, the Zero Hour was about to start when SP leader Naresh Agarwal sought a debate on the encounter, for which he had also moved a suspension-of-business notice under Rule 267.

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