Rajya Sabha disrupted, adjourned till 2.30 p.m.


Winter session of Parliament


New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.30 p.m. on Friday after repeated disruptions by the opposition parties, demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

As the house met, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said a notice had been submitted.

“Who asked for Lalit Modi to be helped? Is the government going to sack Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje or not?” Tiwari asked in reference to the controversy over the two BJP leaders’ closeness with former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

The Congress members then shouted slogans and demanded the resignation of the BJP leaders, while the ruling party members insisted that a debate be taken up immediately.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the ruling party members were disrupting the house.

In the din, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the house till noon.

When the house met again, the scene remained the same.

Despite several requests from Chairman M. Hamid Ansari to allow question hour to function, the disruptions continued.

The house was then adjourned till 2.30 p.m.