For the second consecutive day on Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha faced adjournment amid pandemonium as treasury benches sought an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks in London on democracy in India and the Opposition objecting to the matter and demanding a Joint Parliamentary probe into the Adani Group.
The ruckus started almost an hour after the proceedings began, which included the tabling of papers and participation of members in a discussion on RRR’s ‘Naatu Naatu’ song and short film ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ both of whom won the prestigious Oscar Award. In a veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal raised the matter, pointing “this is the first time” that a Member of Parliament used words against the democracy of India while his visit outside the country, and sought his apology.
“He (Rahul Gandhi) should aplologise…,” said Goyal.
However, the Opposition members sought a probe into the Adani Group by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), and accused the Centre of being silent on a report by a US firm that alleged stock manipulation and accounting fraud by the group.
The members on both sides– the Opposition and the treasury benches– were sloganeering leading to chaos in the Upper House.
Amid the din, Rajya Sabah Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar attempted to run the House but later he announce adjournment till 2 pm.(ANI)