Today News Online Service
New Delhi, March 9
Deputy Chairman Harivansh on Tuesday adjourned Rajya Sabha till 12 noon after slogan shouting by opposition members demanding a discussion on the issue of fuel price hike.
The House started its sitting at 11 am, reverting to the old timing which was changed in the wake of the pandemic. Instead of 11 am to 6 pm, the timing was changed to 9 am to 2 pm. From Tuesday onwards the House was slated to go back to its old routine.
However, twenty minutes into the proceedings—once the formality of laying various papers in the House was over—ruckus started over the issue of fuel price hike.
Harivansh acknowledged that he had received notices from Satish Kumar Misra of BSP, Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress and Leader of the Opposition Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena and another MP for suspension of business under Rule 247 to discuss the issue of fuel price hike.
The Deputy Chairperson said Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu had turned down on Monday the notice given by Mallikarjun Kharge under 247 and he had no authority to overturn the ruling.
While Harivansh asked for the zero hour proceedings to start, opposition members resorted to shouting of slogans to press their demand.
Sasmit Patra of the BJD and Ramnath Thakur of the JD-U spoke during the zero hour but their voice was drowned in the din created by opposition members.
Tiruchi Siva of the DMK got up and urged the Chair to take steps to bring back order in the House.
“We cannot hear what the members are saying,” he said.
Bhupender Yadav of BJP stood up and said Tiruchi Siva was a senior member. While the notice for discussion on fuel price hike was given under Rule 247, the agitating members should also read Rule 248, Yadav said and added that according to Rule 248, a ruling given by Chairman cannot be changed by Deputy Chairman.
Opposition members, however, continued shouting slogans prompting Harivansh to adjourn the proceedings till 12 noon.