Jagdeep Dhankhar fails to break the peace as protests by floor leaders bring Rajya Sabha to a standstill
New Delhi: With the second half of the budget session likely to be a complete washout, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Thursday that “both sides have taken a tough stand in the House” and if there is a way out of the impasse, the entire House should You should talk to each other.
Mr Dhankhar held three rounds of meetings with the leaders of the House, the last meeting on Thursday morning. All like-minded opposition parties had skipped the two meetings called on Tuesday. In a last ditch effort, Mr Dhankhar called the floor leaders again at 10:00 am on Thursday.
According to sources, this meeting again remained inconclusive. The government was represented by Leader of the House Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. Reacting to this, the Congress, represented by party’s deputy leader Pramod Tiwari and chief whip Jairam Ramesh, and other opposition leaders said the current issue is the demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the investments made by SBI and LIC. In Adani Group. On this, according to sources, the ruling party claimed that they have nothing to hide, although at the same time they did not give any assurance of forming such a committee. The meeting ended without any resolution.
Later speaking in the House, Mr. Dhankhar said, “Both the parties have taken a strong stand in the House. I appeal to the entire House to hold talks among themselves and find a way out. We are not sending a good message to the people at large from this Upper House.”
Mr Goyal also said that despite all his efforts, “absolutely no reconciliation is possible” with the main opposition party. “I think the nation is extremely concerned about the behavior of its senior leader today and the comments made by him. It is important that the nation apologizes, a proper apology, to the leader of his party who has brought so much disrepute to the country. Is responsible.
The House was adjourned till 2:00 pm. Even Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge was speaking amid the uproar. In the post-lunch session, the House was adjourned within minutes amid protests without any business.