New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Friday was adjourned till May 2 due to continuous disruptions by the Opposition.
Jesudasu Seelam of INC blamed the BJP govt for tarnishing the image of Congress in Andhra Pradesh. “I want to tell the people of Andhra Pradesh that what Congress has done is best for the state and its people. The present govt is only doing the job of fooling us,” Seelam said.
The Rajya Sabha resumed its proceedings after witnessing uproar in the first half by the Opposition parties. The session started on a bitter note with Subramanian Swamy challenging the expunging of his comments by the House Deputy Chairman. Swamy called the decision as arbitrary, unreasonable and against the House rules.
Here are the updates:
4:15 pm: House adjourned till May 2, 2016.
4.00 pm: In reply to the ministers in Rajya Sabha, MoS Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said that Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act has been helpful to the states. “Special Category Status to the state of Andhra Pradesh has made sure that the state will get Central Assistance,” he said.
3:58 pm: Congress gives notice of breach of privilege in Rajya Sabha against Defence Ministry for its statement on AgustaWestland deal: Party sources
3:35 pm: “The people of Andhra Pradesh are facing financial problems. We request the government to look into this,” says C.M. Ramesh of TDP, Telangana.
3:15 pm: The present govt is tarnishing the image of Congress in Andhra Pradesh, says Jesudasu Seelam.
3:00 pm: Hyderabad is a common capital and it will be the common capital: Jairam Ramesh’s reply to Jesudasu Seelam.
2:54 pm: “During the bifurcation process, the interest of the Andhra people was kept in mind and it was seen that the future of Andhra Pradesh is never endangered. The split provided various measures for growth. It wasn’t just the formation of Telangana. It is in fact, the formation of a new Andhra Pradesh,” says Jesudasu Seelam of INC, Andhra Pradesh.
2:47 pm: We have been asking for the Rail coach factory for thirty long years and we still haven’t got it: K. Keshava Rao, TRS.
2:30 pm: Proceedings of the House to resume shortly.
1:00 pm: House adjourned till 2.30 pm.
12:45 pm: Is govt doing anything about farmer suicides and what is the compensation: Naresh Agrawal, SP.
12:10 pm: Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha speaker disallows all adjournment motions.
11:55 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm.
11:53 am: Gulam Rasool Balyawi of Janata Dal Party raises the issue of Muslim cattle traders murdered a few months ago whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in Latehar district earlier this month.
11:48 am: Opposition MPs in RS storm well of House shouting slogans.
11:35 am: Nazma Heptulla (Minority Affairs Minister) said, “I would urge the member not to get emotional on the subject. Investigation is going on and the guilty won’t be spared.”
11:30 am: Rajya Sabha LOP Ghulam Nabi Azad says people from minorities communities are being attacked in country.
11: 20 am: Sitaram Yechury: (On cattle trader murder) it’s been two months since the incident happened, what has been done till now? This is a communal issue, it’s not state law and order.
11: 10 am: Uproar in the Rajya Sabha by Congress members.
Notices in Rajya Sabha
Motilal Vora of Congress: Zero hour notice on extortion of farmers by Biotech company Mahico Monset.
Notices in Lok Sabha
Jai Prakash Nayaran Yadav of RJD: Non release of funds earmarked for development of tourist spots in Bihar.
Jitendra Chaudhary of CPM: Vindictive attitude of authorities towards JNU students.
Rajesh Ranjan of RJD: More opportunities to UPSC aspirants, who missed out earlier due to CSAT.
11:00 am: Rajya Sabha proceedings start. Mr. Suresh Gopi takes oath as nominated member of RS.