18 December, New Delhi
The political crisis in Arunchal Pradesh rocked both Houses of Parliament today. In the Lok Sabha, Congress staged a walkout during zero hour on the issue. As soon as the House met for proceedings, the Congress MPs raised the issue and trooped into the well and shouted slogan against the alleged role of Governor.
Despite Speaker’s appeal, Congress members continued their protest and shouted slogans despite Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying many times that the opposition should follow procedures and give notice as per the established norms.
Congress’ Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge also trooped into the well of the House later. Opposition Congress members also said that the Speaker is not showing any ‘mercy’ for the Opposition and in protest they staged a walkout from the House.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day today for want of quorum. When the House re-assembled after lunch at 2.30 PM, Deputy Chairman Prof. P J Kurien asked members to move private members legislative business today being Friday. When he was pointed out about the quorum, it was found that there is no quorum after counting of members.
Earlier, the House witnessed three adjournments on the political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh. Members belonging to AIADMK, TMC and Left parties supported the Congress demand for the recall of the Governor. Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari has admitted substantive motions moved by opposition parties to discuss the political developments in Arunachal Pradesh.
Announcing this during zero hour, Deputy Chairman Prof. P J Kurien said only time has to be fixed for discussion on the motions. Raising the matter, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded the recall of the Governor following Guwahati High Court observations. He said media and the entire country are discussing the governor’s issue.
The House remained paralysed for the fourth day on the issue and could not transact any legislative business. In the last week also, National Herald case rocked the House leading to repeated adjournments and no substantial business.