An unrelenting Opposition forced adjournment of the Rajya Sabha for the day despite House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressing his willingness to allow debate on the issues they were seeking to raise.
The House has been deadlocked for the past two weeks over the issues of special category status for AP and probe into the banking scam. As soon as the papers were tabled at the start of the session, Naidu sought to begin Zero Hour by calling out to Pratap Singh Bajwa of the Congress to initiate. However, Opposition members belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu as well as others entered into the Well of the House and raised slogans of "we want justice'.
They did not pay heed to the chair's pleas not to display placards inside the House. As he again called Mr Bajwa to speak, the member said he wanted to raise an important issue but the House was not in order. Expressing displeasure, the Chair then urged the protesting members to desist saying that Parliament will become a laughing stock if this continued. 'It is not in the interest of the country, it is not in the interest of Parliament. I'm willing to allow discussion,' he said, but the plea fell on deaf ears.
He pointed out that the Opposition members themselves said they wanted a discussion and warned that people would start criticising the MPs. As the noisy protest continued, the Chair then adjourned the House till Tuesday.