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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha proceedings on Monday were adjourned twice – once and till 12 p.m and then till 2 p.m -- after Opposition parties sought to raise the issue of National Population Register or NPR and amended citizenship law or CAA.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu first disallowed notices given by several opposition members to discuss the issue and then adjourned proceedings after MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Left and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) rose to raise the issue.
Naidu said members will get enough opportunity to raise the issue during discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament.
The President's address had specific mention of the amended citizenship law and it can be discussed during the debate on the Motion of Thanks, he said.
However, Satish Chandra Mishra of the BSP, Derek O'Brien of the TMC, T K Rangarajan of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and other Opposition members rose to speak on it.
Naidu cut them short, saying he has already given a ruling on adjournment notices and cannot allow them to speak now.
As other Opposition members joined them, Naidu adjourned proceedings.
Earlier, Naidu said he had received notices from leaders, such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma of Congress, TMC leader O'Brien, Binoy Viswam of the Communist Party of India and others under Rule 267 seeking setting aside of the business of the day to take up discussion on issues related to NPR and Citizenship Amendment Act.
Also, call attention notice has been received from Subramanian Swamy on related issue.
He, however, said members could raise the issue during the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.
Congress Protests in LS Against Anurag Thakur
In Lok Sabha, the Congress on Monday raised slogans against Union minister Anurag Thakur in Lok Sabha over his controversial remarks during a recent election rally in the national capital.
While Opposition members, mainly from the Congress, were protesting against the amended citizenship law, they raised their pitch whenever Thakur started replying to questions.
Thakur, who is the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, had made some controversial remarks during a recent poll rally in the national capital.
Belligerent Congress members, who were in the Well, shouted slogans against the minister and asked 'Aapka goli kaha hai? (where is your bullet?)', an apparent reference to the minister's controversial remarks. Some members also shouted 'Goli maarna band karo (Stop shooting)'.
Whenever Thakur was responding to supplementaries during the Question Hour, the members began sloganeering against him.
During the election rally, Thakur had egged on the crowd to raise an incendiary slogan, "shoot the traitors", after he lashed out at anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protestors.
The Election Commission had also banned him for three days from campaigning for the Delhi elections in the wake of his controversial remarks.
The Lower House also witnessed incessant protests against the amended citizenship law, and proposed NRC-NPR.