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Rajya Sabha proceedings disrupted over Cauvery issue

Rajya Sabha proceedings disrupted over Cauvery issue

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]AIADMK and DMK members stalled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday over Cauvery issue. The House was adjourned for the day after repeated adjournments.

When the House re-assembled at 3 p.m. after the fourth adjournment, the slogan raising members from Tamil Nadu again trooped into the well of the House despite appeals by Deputy Chairman Harivansh to allow the House to function.

Earlier, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu named some of the agitating members, asking them to leave the House for disrupting the proceedings.

Our correspondent reports that as the agitating members refused to leave the well, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel accused them of not allowing Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari to make a statement on Cauvery issue. As the logjam continued, Deputy Chairman adjourned the House for the day.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved a Statutory Resolution for approval of the Presidential proclamation issued on 19th of December 2018 for Central Rule in Jammu and Kashmir after the dissolution of the State Assembly.

In Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rebutted Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s charges saying some people have a natural aversion to the truth.

Intervening into the debate on the Rafale issue immediately after the Congress President  Rahul Gandhi speech, Mr Jailtey termed his allegations utterly false and manufactured.

Mr Jaitley accused the UPA of playing with the security of the country. He said the speech of Congress MP is belied on the judgement of the Supreme Court.

Mr Jaitley said on the last occasion, Mr Gandhi manufactured a conversation between him and the former French President.

Initiating the debate post lunch, Mr Gandhi said he raised fundamental questions of process, pricing and patronage of Rafale deal and questioned why not a single aircraft landed on soil till now. He also questioned Anil Ambani opening a company just 10 days before he bagged the contract.

Accusing the government’s provision of changing the deal, Mr Gandhi asked who changed the requirement of 126 aircraft to 36 and demanded that a JPC should look into the Rafale deal.

During the intervention of Mr Jaitley,  Congress members trooped into the well demanding JPC on the issue. The Speaker Sumitra Mahajan objected to the behaviour of agitating members and adjourned the house for half an hour. During the debate, the House witnessed repeatedly stormy scenes.

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned for a brief period two times post-lunch session, following ruckus on Rafale deal and other issues.

The Hindu

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