The issue of clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh figured again in the Parliament on Friday, with the Rajya Sabha witnessing heated exchanges between the Opposition and the treasury benches over demand for discussion on it.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon amid uproar as the Opposition’s request to hold a discussion on the border situation was disallowed by the chair.
Earlier, raising the matter in the House, Congress President and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “The Chair should allow opposition’s notices on the issue as this is an important issue and all the members want a discussion.”
The request was ignored by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was on the Chair, and the House was adjourned till 12 p.m but not before the Congress MPs trooping to the Well of the House.
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, Harivansh, warned the members to refrain from making comments on the Chair and repeatedly urged the elders to allow the proceedings, citing rules.
Accusing the opposition of disrupting the proceedings and disallowing the House to function smoothly, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said, “the Congress is not bothered about the common man’s issue.”
Apparently, there was lack of coordination between the Opposition as Nadimul Haque of Trinamool Congress, went ahead with the Zero Hour issue and so did Mahua Manjhi of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).
However, the Chair said it had received eight notices under rule 267 but was rejecting them.
Congress MP, Randeep Singh Surjewala, earlier gave a Suspension of Business Notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss the border situation with China.
In the Lok Sabha, Congress MP Manish Tewari gave an adjournment motion notice to discuss the situation at the border with China.
“I hereby give notice of my intention to ask for leave to move a motion for the adjournment of the business of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent importance, namely:- That this House do suspend Zero Hour and relevant rules relating to Question Hour and other businesses of the day to have a detailed discussion on the grave situation at the border with China in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh,” Tewari stated in his letter to Seceretary-General, Lok Sabha. On Thursday, Tewari had also given an adjournment motion in the Lower House to discuss the “grave situation at the border with China in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh”.
The Congress MP asked the government for a detailed discussion over the border situation.
Parliament has witnessed multiple disruptions this week with both Houses rejecting the opposition’s requests for a discussion on the India-China border situation following the Tawang clash in Arunachal Pradesh.
On Wednesday, as many as 17 Opposition parties staged a walkout from the Parliament accusing the Government of not holding a discussion over the December 9 clashes along the Line of Actual Control between the Indian and Chinese forces in the Tawang sector.