Noting that six of the members, whose questions were listed for reply, were absent on Tuesday, Dec 8, Ansari questioned, "Is there a virus?"
And when a member recalled that similar scenes haunt the lower hour during question hour and it may have also affected the upper house now, Ansari said, " I think so."
Varinder Singh Bajwa (SAD), Prabha Thakur (Congress), Nand Kumar Sai (BJP), Sabir Ali (LJP), Rajeev Shukla (Congress) and S Anbalagan (AIADMK) were those who failed to turn up on Tuesday, Dec 8.
This is the second consecutive day that the Rajya Sabha was forced to witness such a scene.
On Monday, Dec 7 the chairman informed that the house was considering amending rules to ensure that the problem of absenteeism was addressed.