Disruptions in Rajya Sabha finds mention in PM Modi's speech

  • Disruptions in Rajya Sabha finds mention in PM Modi's speech

Disruptions in Rajya Sabha finds mention in PM Modi's speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi bid farewell to the outgoing Rajya Sabha MPs on Wednesday and thanked them for their contribution. In his brief speech, Mr Modi raised the issue of the triple talaq bill, and said: "It is unfortunate the retiring members will not be a part of Parliament when the long-due decision on triple talaq is taken".

Union minister and BJP leader Vijay Goel accused the Congress of disrupting proceedings in Rajya Sabha today, and said it stood exposed. The farewell saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciating their contribution to Parliament.

Ironically, Naidu's jibe came on a day when Chowdhury and another outgoing woman MP - Rajni Patil - spoke of the low representation on women in the Upper House and the need for change in mindset that led to what they alleged was discrimination against women in Parliament.

He said the Upper House, which has senior members, has a unique significance and plays a key role in policy formulation. He was seen persuading V Maitreyan of AIADMK to give up the protest and let the farewell process begin.

"This is a very important occasion...40 members are retiring". Ihave nothing against anyone, " Mr Naidu said. However, the Prime Minister left the House in a couple of minutes after the adjournment.

"Today we are in the opposition and raising uproar on various issues". To this Naidu quipped everybody was concerned about Tamil Nadu which is "part of Bharat Nadu".

An angry Naidu then adjourned the House for the day leaving opposition parties surprised.

Azad, meanwhile, said the Central Hall of Parliament is full of former MPs and he looks forward to seeing many of his retiring colleagues there.

She also alleged discrimination against women members of Parliament, calling for a change in the mindset and urged the ruling dispensation for early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh walked up to NCP cheif Sharad Pawar to exchange pleasantries.

The Opposition parties are demanding a discussion on several issues like the banking scam, special status for Andhra Pradesh, among other issues.