The Rajya Sabha was abruptly adjourned for the day after Congress leaders raised a ruckus and did not allow cricket legend and nominated Member of Parliament Sachin Tendulkar to speak in the House.
Tendulkar, in his maiden speech on the floor of the Upper House, had moved a Short Discussion Motion on the future of sports in India and right to play. He was expected to address some long pending issues including coverage of Central Health Guarantee Scheme (CGHS) for international medal winners and incorporation of sports in school curriculum.
However, House proceedings were once again disrupted by protesting Congress members, much as it has been since the Parliament convened for the Winter session last Friday. No sooner did Tendulkar stand up to begin the discussion, Congress MPs also jumped to their feet, demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologize for insinuating that his predecessor Manmohan Singh is colluding with Pakistan.
Tendulkar, a Bharat Ratna winner, remained standing for 10 minutes, tight-lipped, as Opposition members raised slogans, ignoring Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s calls to come to order.
Naidu reminded them that the nation was watching the uproar they were causing in the Rajya Sabha and called on them to let Tendulkar speak. But unruly Congress MPs paid no heed to his requests.
“We’re discussing about sports and you don’t have the sporting spirit,” Naidu scolded, before ordering the live telecast of House proceedings to be cut off.
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over PM Modi’s remarks on Manmohan Singh during Gujarat election campaign, as MP Sachin Tendulkar gets up to speak. pic.twitter.com/qbMh0qZ8yp
— ANI (@ANI) 21 December 2017
Tendulkar did not get the chance to speak today as the Rajya Sabha, which had only re-convened at 2 pm after sustained sloganeering by Congress leaders, was again adjourned till 11 am tomorrow.
Congress has been since the past week seeking an explanation from PM Modi over “false” allegations he made against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat elections.
In the face of persistent disruption by Congress members on Wednesday, Naidu had a flare-up and told them that no apology would be forthcoming as the Prime Minister’s comments were not made on Parliament premises.