Rajya Sabha passes Disabilities bill; both houses adjourned as uproar erupts

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Amid clashes between opposition and ruling party in Lok Sabha and uproar in Rajya Sabha over corruption charges against Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, both the houses were adjourned for the day until Thursday.

In Rajya Sabha

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley challenged the opposition to debate the issue as he said the allegations were false.

The Rights of Person with Disabilities Bill, 2014 was passed by Rajya Sabha via voice vote. The bill replaces the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

After the bill was passed, Congress leader Anand Sharma under Rule 267 of the house raised the issue of alleged corruption in a hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh.

As this happened, the uproar erupted in Rajya Sabha treasury benches started making noise and some of the members stood up. The opposition members also stood up and started raising slogans against the government.

Jaitley then stood up and challenged the Opposition to debate on the same.

“Let him raise it and listen to my reply. The allegations by the Congress party are totally baseless. I dare you to debate on this,” Jaitley said.

Due to chaos and disorder, the chair adjourned the house for the day.

In Lok Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the house today. The house at the very start witnessed uproar when Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge tried to speak. The remarks of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar were lost in the noise.

The house was adjourned till noon at 11:00 AM. After it met again in the noon, opposition members were already on their feet protesting.

Ruckus continued in the Lok Sabha, Opposition declares arrest of former Air Chief SP Tyagi as unfair and the politicisation of the AgustaWestland scam. Proceedings attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Opposition raised slogans: “Modi sarkar hosh me aao” in Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow, after continued uproar over govt’s demonetisation decision.

Wefornews Bureau

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