Rajya Sabha Adjourned Sine Die


New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Friday concluded its winter session after an emotional speech by the Chairman as the house was adjourned sine die.

“Regular and continuous disruptions signify this session… The rules about displaying placards and shouting slogans were ignored by all sections of the house,” Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said in his closing statement before adjourning the house. He said that it was a complete washout.

Ansari pointed out that the only two things the House did right was the discussion on demonetisation on the first day, which remained inconclusive, and passage of Rights of Persons With Disabilities Bill, 2016.

Earlier the Rajya Sabha was also adjourned following the scam allegations on Kiren Rijiju. Opposition demanded stern action.

Peace prevailed only when obituaries were read out, he added.

The Chairman said that “all sections” of the House need to introspect on the distinction between dissent, disruption and agitation.

Earlier, the members observed silence as mark of respect to condole death of former Rajya Sabha member V Ramanathan.

The House of Elders functioned on the first day of the Session and had a “useful discussion” on demonetisation on November 16 and November 24, which remained inconclusive.