Uttarakhand issue: Rajya Sabha set to witness Congress, BJP spar

| Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 09:44
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RS set to witness Congress, BJP spar

RS set to witness Congress, BJP spar

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha is all set to witness stormy proceedings on the second day of the second part of the Budget Session on Tuesday, as the Congress is geared up to corner the government on the Uttarakhand President's rule issue.
Amid continuing uproar in the Parliament over the political crisis in Uttarakhand, the upper house was adjourned twice yesterday.
Proceedings in the Lok Sabha were also adjourned following the issue.
Around 20 Congress Members of Parliament, including Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and senior leader K.C. Venugopal, observed a sit down protest near the well of the Lower House as the Uttarakhand issue dominated proceedings.
The leaders also raised slogans denouncing the NDA government over their actions in the hill state. Slogans such as 'Manmani nahi chalegi' and 'Loktantra ki Hatya' could be heard from the group of MPs sitting on the floor.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi yesterday lashed out at the Congress for disrupting proceedings and reiterated the BJP's stand that sub-judice matters cannot be discussed in the House.
The apex court on April 22, admitted the Centre's challenge to the Uttarakhand High Court's decision and restored President's rule over the state for the simple and technical reason that the April 21 high court ruling issued by Uttarakhand Chief Justice K.M. Joseph had not been "made available in the public domain".
The apex court ruled that the High Court's judgment would "remain in abeyance" till April 27, the next date of hearing.
It also issued directions to the high court to release the signed judgement by April 26 to all parties involved in the case, who will subsequently file copies before the apex court on April 27.

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