In the Rajya Sabha, despite repeated appeals by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to allow the smooth functioning of the House, opposition members trooped into the well displaying placards. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien repeatedly asked the agitating members to go back to their seats, but they did not relent.
As the bedlam continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day after the tabling of reports of various standing committees.
One of the protesting members in the Well was holding a placard which read "Chotta Modi kahan gaya", referring to diamond merchant Nirav Modi, allegedly the key person behind the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank. Members from Telugu Desam Party, an ally of NDA and Y S R Congress party also trooped into the well demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh. If this is the way MPs are behaving, I will adjourn the House.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party chief Amit Shah and veteran leader LK Advani were present at the meeting. "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said".
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at the Congress for continuing to stall Parliament. They speak outside (the house) on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.
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"It seems (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi don't believe in democracy".
"We have included all important issues in list of business".
He requested all other parties to let Parliament function and discuss burning issues in a cordial and constructive manner. We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs.
Naidu said debates on India's biggest bank fraud and other issues have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a Short Duration Discussion without the voting clause.
The government move caught the Opposition unawares leading to sharp protests as soon as the Lok Sabha convened for the day. They will remain intact as per the Central government rules.