Rajya Sabha disrupted amid din over Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the fifth day on Friday, with Congress members demanding ouster of the Arunachal Pradesh governor for calling a state assembly session “without the government’s will”.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari called an all-party meeting on Friday afternoon to break the logjam.

As soon as the house met for the day, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad sought a discussion over the issue.

“In the history of India neither president nor any governor has called a session without the government’s will. It is happening for the first time in India and the Constitution is being violated,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

“Such a governor has no right to be there. He should be recalled,” he said, adding a notice to adjourn proceedings of the house and discuss the issue has been given.

K. Keshava Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and K.C. Tyagi of Janata Dal-United supported the Congress.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the motion is pending with Chairman Hamid Ansari and the issue can be discussed once the motion is admitted.

But Congress members started raising slogans.

Kurien tried to run the house, and some members also made their zero hour mentions amid sloganeering.

However, as the protests continued, Kurien adjourned the house till noon.

During the question hour, the scenario remained unchanghed in the Rajya Sabha. Ansari tried taking some questions, but as the din continued, he adjourned the house for 30 minutes.

With disruptions continuing, the house was then adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

At 2.30 p.m., the house took up private members bills.

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