Cong. forces adjournments in Rajya Sabha over PM’s remarks on Chopper gate
NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha proceedings remained disrupted in the post-lunch session today. When the House re-assembled at 2 PM, the Opposition Congress again raised Prime Minister’s remarks on AgustaWestland choppers deal during election rallies in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Anand Sharma of the Congress said that the government has not tabled the authenticated copy of the Italian court’s judgement extensively quoted by Defence Minister in Parliament and Prime Minister outside.
He said instead of speaking outside Prime Minister should have spoken in Parliament. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha rose to move The Appropriation Bill, 2016 and Finance Bill, 2016 for consideration and return. Congress members trooped into the well shouting slogans against Prime Minister.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asked why Prime Minister will apologise. Earlier, the House witnessed four adjournments on the same issue.
Trinamool Congress members staged walk-out protesting why action is not taken against agitating Congress members. Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said the Chair had invoked relevant rules to suspend him from the House last week, why not the same rules are being used against Congress members.
The issue was raised by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in the morning. He alleged that such statements by Prime Minister are aimed at tarnishing the image of the Congress party particularly, during Assembly elections. Mr Azad reiterated his party’s demand that the probe into the Chopper deal should be done under Supreme Court’s supervision.