Karnataka crisis: Congress members again obstruct Rajya Sabha proceedings, attack BJP for trying to destabilise alliance government

Bengaluru: Opposition Congress members on Wednesday again obstructed proceedings in Rajya Sabha over the Karnataka political crisis and attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party for attempting to destabilise the party’s alliance government in the state.

Congress members were up on their feet as soon as listed papers and obituary reference were made but a strict message from chairman M Venkaiah Naidu made them retreat.

At the start of proceedings, Naidu said he has not accepted notices by Congress members including Kapil Sibal under rule 267 seeking suspension of rules to take up their issue.

As they continued to protest, he said, “You don’t want to allow democracy to function here?” This prompted members to take their seat and the House took up Zero Hour where submissions of urgent public important are taken up.

Hardly had four members made their Zero Hour submission when Congress members were up on their feet again, apparently propped by the presence of their deputy leader Anand Sharma.

Sharma, who was not present in the House at the start of the proceedings, sought to raise the 267 notice given by his party colleagues but Naidu said the ruling of the chair is final.

“If any member has any problem, he can come and see me (later),” he said.

As Congress members moved into the well of the House screaming slogans, Naidu said, “You are taking of defections, have affection for this House.”

“Horse trading band karo (Stop horse trading of MLAs),” Congress members yelled from the well as Naidu directed that nothing they say would go on record.

“Please allow democracy to function,” he pleaded. I cannot allow this in House.”

On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha could not transact any business due to repeated adjournments forced by Congress.

The year-old Congress-Janata Dal-S coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs.

(With Agency Inputs)