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Rajya Sabha repeatedly disrupted over Goa, Manipur

By The Assam Tribune

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS): The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed multiple adjournments amid chaos over the Congress' allegations that the BJP "murdered democracy" by not honouring the people's mandate in Goa and Manipur Assembly elections.

The Upper House was first adjourned soon after it assembled at 11 am as Congress member Anand Sharma raised the issue, saying the BJP was "violating mandate of the people" in Goa and Manipur.

"Congress has emerged as the single-largest party in these two States and in case of no clear majority, such party is invited to form the government," he said.

Sharma alleged that the BJP was "stealing MLAs".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abas Naqvi tried to intervene but the Congress members gathered in the Well of the House and began shouting slogans against the BJP.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, who kept on requesting the agitating members to return to their seats, then adjourned the house till 11.30 am.

Similar scenes were again witnessed during the Question Hour at 12 noon.

This time, Leader of Opposition in the house Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the matter and said "it was a murder of democracy" and the issue should be discussed in the house. "It's a question of India's democracy," he added.

Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari requested him to take up the issue after lunch and "let the Question Hour proceed".

Nobody paid any heed to his pleas and he adjourned the house for 15 minutes -- till 12.19 pm.

After two adjournments, the Upper House was again in chaos as Congress members gathered in front of the Chair, shouting slogans against the government. The House was finally adjourned till 2.00 pm.

The House again witnessed similar scenes as it met after lunch with Azad saying that in Goa the mandate was totally against the BJP. He said the Central government was trying to destabilise the Congress governments for the past one year.

"Why is BJP so eager to form governments in States where it has no majority, no mandate," he asked, adding that the party was not doing anything to form governments in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand where it has got the majority.

Responding to it, Leader of House Arun Jaitley said that there was no such precedent or a decision that single largest party has to be invited to form the government.

"Governor can also invite a coalition that has majority," he opined.

On this, Congress members again gathered in the well of the House and started shouting slogans against the BJP.

The House was then adjourned till 3 pm.

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