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'RS secy-general's table not meant for dancing': Ministers flay Oppn leaders

Source: PTI
August 12, 2021 15:34 IST
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Putting the blame on the Opposition for the unruly scenes witnessed during the monsoon session of Parliament, a group of Union ministers on Thursday said the Rajya Sabha chairman must take the strongest possible action against those who broke the rules.

Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi, they also accused the Opposition leaders of manhandling marshals, while Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Opposition's approach of "my way or highway is highly condemnable" and the country also condemns such attitude.

 

Goyal, also Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, said the group of ministers met the chairman and deputy chairman of the House and made an earnest appeal to them that the strongest possible action should be taken against the Opposition MPs for their deplorable behavior and manhandling marshals.

He said the Opposition was unable to digest the fact that the country has given up on them and their behaviour in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday was a new low in parliamentary democracy.

The Secretary General's table in the Rajya Sabha is not meant for dancing and protesting, Union minister Anurag Thakur said at the press conference, referring to an incident when an Opposition leader was seen above a table inside the upper house of Parliament.

"We demand that the Rajya Sabha chairman should take stringent action against those opposition MPs who broke the rules," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

He alleged that it was pre-decided by the Congress and its friendly allies that they would not allow Parliament to function.

Thakur alleged that "anarchy from streets to Parliament" was the Opposition's only agenda during the monsoon session.

He said the Opposition should apologise to the nation for what happened in Parliament during the monsoon session.

Earlier in the day, a group of Union ministers, including Pralhad Joshi, Piyush Goyal and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, called on Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu at his official residence in New Delhi.

Separately, a group of Opposition leaders also met Naidu and complained against the alleged heckling of MPs including some women.

The ministers, on the other hand, are believed to have complained against the alleged unruly behaviour of some Opposition members in the House on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Naidu broke down over the huge ruckus in the House and equated the act of some Opposition MPs to "sacrilege in the temple of democracy".

The tumultuous monsoon session of Parliament was on Wednesday curtailed by two days.

Leaders of several Opposition parties on Thursday marched in protest against the government over several issues, including Pegasus spyware, farm laws, and alleged manhandling of their MPs in Rajya Sabha, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying the voice of the people was crushed in Parliament and democracy was "murdered".

Top leaders of several Opposition parties met in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and then walked in protest from Parliament House to Vijay Chowk.

Those who attended the meeting included Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Kharge, Sanjay Raut, Tiruchi Siva, Manoj Jha and other opposition leaders. 

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