New Delhi, Jul18 : The Rajya Sabha on Thursday was adjourned till 12 noon amid uproar by Samajawadi Party (SP) members over "the deteriorating law and order situation" in Uttar Pradesh.
Soon after the laying of the papers on the table in the House, Samajwadi Party lawmaker Ramgopal Yadav raised the issue but the Chairman M Venkaih Naidu did not allow him to proceed. “You have given notice under Rule 276 to discuss this issue which I have rejected as this is a law and order issue of a state,” Naidu told.
However, the SP members did not relent and assembled in the well and started raising slogans. The Chairman repeatedly requested the agitating members to take their respective seats but SP members were adamant and stayed in the well to protest.
Amid the chaos, the Chairman adjourned the House till 12 noon. Earlier, as soon as the House assembled, Naidu informed that a letter has been received from BJP member Arun Jaitley seeking permission to remain absent from the House due to his treatment from June 20 to July 26.
“The permission has been granted to him for the said reason,” Chairman said.
The External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made a statement on the International Court of Justice giving relief to Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav lodged in a Pakistan jail. The Congress lawmaker Anand Sharma raised the Karnataka political crisis issue and said that he wanted to draw attention of the Chair which was rejected by the Chair.
“ This matter is not before the House for consideration but to the Karnataka Assembly, therefore, it cannot be discussed here,” Mr Naidu said. (UNI)