The Rajya Sabha was adjourned thrice — twice during the pre-noon sitting — on Wednesday following uproar over demand for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation, missing coal block allocation files and demand by SP and BSP for reservation in promotions in government jobs.
As soon as the House met for the day, some Congress members were on their feet displaying banners that read “Chief Minister Gujarat Must Resign” in the wake of charges levelled by suspended IPS officer D.G. Vanzara.
Mr. Vanjara, who resigned from the IPS, has accused the Narendra Modi government of having failed to protect the jailed police officers who fought against “Pakistan-inspired terrorism”.
To counter the Congress members, BJP MPs led by Ravi Shankar Prasad raised the issue of CBI investigating officer reportedly wanting to question Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the missing files relating to coal block allotments done when he also held the charge of Coal Ministry.
SP members raised the issue of giving reservation in promotions in government jobs. BSP members too shouted slogans but nothing could be heard in the din.
Chairman Hamid Ansari asked members to take their seats and called for laying of papers. “No banners please,” he said.
TDP members raised banners against division of Andhra Pradesh.
With members in no mood to relent, Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes.
When the House reassembled, SP members trooped into the Well shouting slogans for reservation in promotions. BSP members too joined them in slogan shouting.
Adding to the din, BJP members raised the issue of missing coal files.
Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurein, who was in the Chair, then adjourned the House till noon.