Rajya Sabha boss Kurien loses temper, asks Naqvi to shut up, adjourns Rajya Sabha till tomorrow

It was the ruling BJP members who started shouting at the House when it resumed its proceedings

The ruckus over the demonetisation continued in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when the Upper House resumed proceedings in the afternoon.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien once lost his temper and asked the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to end his speech. The House was later adjourned till tomorrow over the scuffle.

It was the ruling BJP members who started shouting when the House resumed proceedings. They wanted an apology from Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal for his comment saying BJP members in the House were on rent.

“I want an apology from Naresh Agrawal,”  shouted Naqvi leading the BJP’s protests. It was then that Kurien lost his temper and asked the minister to shut up.

“We don’t come here for allowance. This is derogatory and should be expunged,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Rajya Sabha demanding the remark of Agarwal be expunged.

Protests by the opposition parties continued in the House demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence which was denied by Kurien saying he cannot call the prime minister to the House.

“As per Constitution, the monetary policy is the domain of the RBI…After the prime minister’s announcement on November 8, people have been denied access to their own money. So the Constitution has been violated. Since this announcement was made by the prime minister, he should come to the House,” said Anand Sharma, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

“If someone says an Article in the Constitution has been violated, if I do not respond, who will respond?” shouted Kurien at the protesting opposition, after which opposition members stormed the well of the Upper House leading to the adjournment.