Rajya Sabha paralysed on day one of Winter Session

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 07:55 hrs

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha could not function on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament with issues like FDI and reservation to SCs/STs in promotions triggering uproar that led to its adjournment for the day.

Trinamool Congress and AIADMK raised the issue of FDI in retail when the House met at noon after the first adjournment, while BSP members rushed to the well raising slogans and created uproar over the issue of reservation to SCs/STs in promotions.

With appeals by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien going unheeded, BSP members kept raising slogans forcing him to adjourn the House for the day.

As Mayawati stood up, her BSP colleagues led by Brajesh Pathak raised slogans demanding a bill for reservation to SCs/STs in promotions.

At least six Trinamool Congress members also entered the well raising the issue of FDI in retail but lodged their protest silently.

AIADMK members also raised the FDI issue from their seats showing pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama's togetherness on the issue.

M Venkaiah Naidu (BJP) too rose to raise some issue but could not be heard in the din.

Earlier, when the House met for the day, it witnessed turmoil soon after it mourned the death of Bal Thackeray and former members including former Defence Minister K C Pant and the loss of life in cyclones in the US and Tamil Nadu and during Chhat Puja in Patna.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced the ministers elevated or inducted in the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

Chairman Hamid Ansari tried to restore order but as members were unrelenting he adjourned the House till noon.

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