‘It's obvious' opposition doesn't want any organised discussion: Jaitley on RS disruptions
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday came down heavily on the opposition over the disruptions in the Rajya Sabha proceedings and said that opposition leaders do not want an organised discussion.
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.
"There is a huge opportunity for discussing all political & economic issues this week in the parliament. Instead, rules are to be violated, every day an effort has to be made to get the House adjourned, then it is obvious that they don't want an organised discussion," he told media.
'What Opposition parties have done in Rajya Sabha today led by Congress party is absolutely unprecedented. Congress and some other parties have tried to manufacture an issue when none existed," he added.
The opposition on Tuesday boycotted the Rajya Sabha in the post-lunch session, complaining that their voice was being muzzled outside as well as inside Parliament.
The united opposition alleged that the Rajya Sabha's chairman, Venkaiah Naidu, wasn't allowing them to speak and raise governance issues.
"The manner in which the Rajya Sabha is being run, the Opposition's voice is being completely muzzled, they are silencing the people's voice. What's the use then of having a Parliament," asked Naresh Agrawal of the SP.
"During the Zero Hour, we are supposed to raise matters of public importance. At times, it is not possible to give prior notice. Some developments take place late evening and we are not allowed to speak. So we have boycotted the House for today to oppose this bias," Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
As soon as the House met at 2pm, leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue of the House being adjourned without conducting the Zero Hour and the Question Hour for the past few days.
He asserted that Parliament works according to "rules, regulations, procedures and conventions" and not "according to one's whims".