Government continues to face Uttarakhand heat in Rajya Sabha

first_imgSlogan-shouting Congress members forced the adjournment of Rajya Sabha till 2 pm today after the government, for the second straight day, rejected their demand for a discussion on a motion on the dismissal of the Uttarakhand government.Congress MPs trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans against the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said no discussion other than on the proclamation of the President’s Rule in Uttarakhand can take place.Justifying the imposition of the central rule in the state, Jaitley said the “real breakdown of constitutional machinery” happened in Uttarakhand when the Speaker “ignored” the vote of 35 of 67 members against the Appropriation Bill to declare it passed.Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien’s pleading that the Chair was in favour of a discussion and the protestors should allow the House to function went unheeded, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings till 2 pm.Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Pramod Tiwari gave notices under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to take up the discussion on the alleged abuse of Article 356 by the Centre to dismiss a democratically-elected government in Uttarakhand.While Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party too gave notice under the same rule, BSP’s Mayawati supported the demand for the suspension of business to take up the debate.Jaitley said it had never happened in the history of independent India that a presiding officer of a state Assembly has converted a majority into minority and vice-versa. “This is the real breakdown of constitutional machinery,” he said.advertisementHe said 35 of the 67 members in Uttarakhand Assembly had voted against the Appropriation Bill, but the presiding officer came to the conclusion that it was passed. “That is breakdown of constitutional machinery.”Jaitley said the discussion will take place when the proclamation for President’s Rule is placed before the House. “There is no procedure of having pre-proclamation discussion,” he said.Also ReadCongress raises NIT Srinagar issue in Parliamentlast_img read more