Oppn boycotts RS, says their voice being muzzled in House

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Tuesday boycotted Rajya Sabha in the post-lunch session, protesting Chairman Venkaiah Naidu‘s decision to adjourn proceedings for a longer period due to disruptions, saying their voice was being muzzled in Parliament.
With the opposition keeping away, Naidu defended his decision and said he was deeply concerned about negative perception in the public due to repeated adjournments and that of the 42 zero hour submissions admitted in the last three working days, only one could be made. Sufficient warnings had been issued before the House was adjourned till afternoon, he said.

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad led the charge and said Parliament worked according to “rules, regulations, procedures and conventions” and not “according to one’s whims”.

He was supported by other opposition leaders, including Samajwadi Party‘s Naresh Agarwal, Trinamool Congress‘s Derek O’Brien and CPM’s Tapan Sen. Deputy chairman…

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