Rajya Sabha: Naidu expresses concern over negative perception of House

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley expressed anger over the opposition's attitude and said that members should refrain from levelling allegations against the Chairman.

Charging the government of not giving enough coverage to Opposition members in the government-run Rajya Sabha television, the Opposition on Wednesday demanded a probe into the matter.

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Asserting that there is a "huge opportunity for discussing all political and economic issues in Parliament", Jaitley fumed at the way the Congress-led opposition is resorting to disrupting proceedings of the House. "The Congress and some other parties have tried to manufacture an issue when none existed", he told reporters outside the Parliament building.

"For the past one week, we saw in Parliament that whenever any Opposition MP stood up to speak, instead of listening to him or her, the House is adjourned", Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

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Clarifying from his end, Naidu said he has admitted a total of 42 Zero Hour admissions during the last three working days and observed that of these, only one member could make a submission. Their MPs stayed away from the House when the proceedings resumed at 3 PM after two adjournments during the day. I spoke today in Rajya Sabha. TMC's Derek O'Brien was seen in the House waving a paper, saying, "Governor of the State can't interfere..." In a democracy even the voice of the opposition is heard. "What's the use then of having a Parliament", asked Naresh Agrawal of the SP. All leaders of opposition, barring the BSP, jointly addressed a press conference.

On Monday too, the House was adjourned till 2 PM after Samajwadi Party members raised slogans in the well over the alleged encounter killings by the police in Uttar Pradesh.

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Earlier, in the debate of "Motion of Thanks to the President", Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad levelled a series of allegations against the government, accusing it of treating Opposition leaders as "terrorists" and of tapping their phones.

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