Assam NRC Row: Opposition Protest In RS


New Delhi: Opposition parties strongly protested against the publication of Assam’s
National Register of Citizens in the Rajya Sabha. The protest has led to the
adjournment of proceedings till noon and then further till 2 pm.

The protest was led by TMC and the Samajwadi Party. TMC leader Derek O’Brien, SP
and Congress members raised the issue in the RS.

Venkaiah Naidu initially said that he did not receive any notice but later on said
that some members met him expressing desire to raise the NRC issue. He said, “”I
myself have requested the Home Minister to come (to respond to members’ concern).
He informed that he was ready for a discussion.

As unrelenting members moved to the aisle, he warned that House proceedings would
be adjourned if they did not return to their seats.

“I am ready for discussions. I want the Home Minister to respond. What (more) you
want,” he said. “The Home Minister is here. He will respond,” he said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present in the House.

But members did not heed to his pleas and slogan shouting TMC members moved into
the well of the House, forcing Naidu to adjourn proceedings till noon.