The proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were washed out for the seventh day Wednesday after the opposition and treasury benches clashed over the Rafale deal and Tamil parties protested over the Cauvery issue.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day minutes after it met.

As the proceedings began, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said Congress member Anand Sharma had wrongly presented his (Goel’s) statement on Tuesday in order to disrupt the House and urged sked the Chair to correct the record of the earlier proceedings.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said he would look at the records to “verify” the claims.

The Congress MPs loudly objected to Goel’s allegation and many of them were on their feet.

They trooped to the Chair’s podium raising slogans. The party has already been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal.

The AIADMK and DMK members were already nearing the podium protesting against a proposed dam on the Cauvery river.

Amid the ruckus and sloganeering, Naidu adjourned the House for the day.

Treasury benches countered the Congress by raising banners seeking an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi following the Supreme Court clean chit to the Rafale deal.

Naidu allowed Bhupendra Yadav (BJP) to make his submission on the statement made by the newly sworn-in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

He said a person holding a Constitutional post cannot incite hatred against persons of other states and so his Zero Hour mention on the subject be taken on record.

As the slogan shouting from both sides continued, Naidu said, “It is very clear that none of you want the House to run”.

“I don’t want this (ruckus) to be seen by the people,” he said, while adjourning the proceedings for the day.

Earlier as the House met, Naidu mentioned that 97 Rajya Sabha MPs contributed over Rs 36.5 crore from their MPLAD funds for relief and rehabilitation works in flood-ravaged Kerala.

Also, 60 MPs contributed their one month’s salary, totalling Rs 58.69 lakh, towards the same cause.

He appealed to members to contribute generously for the relief and rehabilitation of Kerala flood victims.


(With agency inputs)