New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was again disrupted over the National Herald case today, resulting in loss of proceedings of the pre-lunch session. Repeated disruptions began the order of today too, as the house faced adjournment again and again over protests and jump-into-the-well syndrome which has been plaguing Congress legislators over the National Herald case.
As soon as the house met at 11 a.m., Congress members trooped near the chairman’s podium shouting slogans. In the din, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the house first till 11.30 a.m., and then till 12 noon. The protest did not end there, as the same scenes were witnessed in ditto when the house met at 12 noon, and Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till 12.30 p.m., and then till 2 p.m.
The disruptions continued despite several pleas from the chair. The chair’s words stood unheard, and the Congress members did not choose to yield to the repeated pleas made by the chairman. Ruling government took a stand of debate, and asked the opposition to start a a healthy debate on the issue. But Congress members did not participate in a debate and preferred to storm the well instead.
Three days and counting — Thursday is the third day when the National Herald case issue has disrupted the Upper House repeatedly, one more time.