Rajya Sabha adjourned for day amid ruckus

Siddaramaiah sticks to AHINDA formula to pick Rajya Sabha candidates

Amid the melee in Lok Sabha, the Congress-led Opposition also raised the Punjab National Bank fraud involving Nirav Modi, prompting Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House minutes after it assembled for the day.

While TDP continued to press for special status for Andhra Pradesh, another NDA ally Shiv Sena protested, like yesterday, demanding classical language status for Marathi.

Samajwadi Party on Wednesday selected its leader Jaya Bachchan as its Rajya Sabha candidate from Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming elections to the Upper House. Earlier, the House had witnessed an adjournment soon after it met for the day.

The Opposition has also been insisting that the discussion on banking frauds be held under a rule that entails voting.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting that the government had accepted the Congress notice for discussion under Rule 193 but now it is "running away from debate".

"Statues were vandalised. It's mad, whoever does it", Naidu said, as Congress and Left party members were on their feet protesting the incidents.

Finance minister Jaitely has been representing Gujarat in the Rajya Sabha for last three terms from 2000.

Jaitley, who has been representing Gujarat, will re-enter to the Upper House from Uttar Pradesh as the party chose to renominate Rupala and Mandaviya from the state.

"The government should answer why the culprits of the bank fraud were allowed to leave the country despite complaints against them". The first half of the Budget Session, which ended on February 9, was also marred by similar frequent adjournments.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked the agitating members to return to their seats but they kept shouting slogans.

As the din continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.

However, members relentlessly shouted slogans and displayed placards like "Constitute Cauvery Management Board Immediately", "Keep your promises" and "Implement special category status under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act".

Mr Azad said that the government and the Prime Minister had "failed" and banks are without money while likes of Nirav Modi were absconding.

But before doing so, he asked leaders of political parties to meet him in his chamber to help resolve the impasse.

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