Heated exchanges between Oppn, BJP disrupts RS
As the Opposition led by Congress demanded farm loan waiver to give relief to the distressed farmers hit by weather vagaries and demonetisation, the ruling benches shouted slogans displaying copies of a news report claiming that some people in the erstwhile UPA regime allegedly received money in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said it is unprecedented that the ruling side is not allowing Parliament to function.
"It is the ruling party which is disrupting the House...
in both Houses (of Parliament), it is the ruling party which is not allowing the Parliament to function. It is for the first time in the history of independent India that the ruling party is not allowing the House to function," he said.
Azad, who had given a notice to raise the issue of distress among farmers after demonetisation, was called by the Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to speak but he could hardly make his submission.
"I have given the floor to the Leader of the Opposition.
It is the convention of the House that when Leader of the Opposition or Leader of the House wish to speak, they are heard in silence," Kurien said but BJP members did not heed.
Union ministers too interjected as Azad rose to speak with I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu wanting to know what he wanted to say and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi saying the members of the ruling side want a discussion on the corruption issue.
Kurien told Naidu that Azad had given a notice to raise farmers distress and even without a notice the Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the House are allowed to speak whenever they wish to speak.
To Naqvi, he said the ruling side can give a notice to raise a discussion on the issue they want, and asked Azad to make his submission.