vendetta politics: Combative Congress disrupts Parliament

New Delhi: Congress members, upset over the ‘National Herald’ case, on Tueday disrupted the Parliament, protesting against alleged “vendetta politics” leading to repeated adjournments in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Seetharaman and Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressing a press conference following the adjournment of both Houses. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Seetharaman and Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressing a press conference following the adjournment of both Houses. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, son Rahul Gandhi and others were on Tuesday directed to appear in person on December 19 by a Delhi court which allowed their plea seeking exemption from personal appearance for the day in the ‘National Herald’ case.

No sooner had both the Houses assembled for the day, Congress members stormed the Well, shouting slogans against the government and refusing to heed to the Chair’s repeated pleas that they return to their seats and raise the issue.

While no Congress member specified the issue, their vociferous protests came a day after the Delhi High Court, in a blow to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, declined to give them any relief in the case, asking them to appear before a trial court.

1:07 pm: ‘We are protesting in both Houses against this dictatorship. Democracy in danger’, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

12:34 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

12 noon: Uproar continues in Rajya Sabha as proceedings are adjourned till 12:30

11:39 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon.

11:34 am: Proceedings in Rajya Sabha resume amid uproar by Congress MPs. Shouting slogans in well of the house.

11:32 am: We’ve heard Sonia Gandhiji’s statement this morning.She is awfully wrong, media doesn’t decide as to who’s right or wrong: Nirmala Seetharaman

11:30 am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu says it is “unfair and undemocratic of the Congress to disrupt Parliament on account of a case in court.”

11:20 am: Both Houses adjourned till 11:30 a.m.

11:14 am: Lok Sabha adjourned for half an hour after uproar over a host of issues and Congress members storming the Well.

11:10 am: Congress MPs shouting slogans against government, accusing it of political vendetta in ‘National Herald’ case.

11:00 am: Sonia Gandhi, reacting to whether the National Herald case is one of political vendetta, said: “I leave that to you to judge”. “I am the daughter in law of Indira Gandhi, I’m not afraid of anything. Why should I be upset”

Following is today’s schedule for both Houses of Parliament:

Lok Sabha:

Bills for consideration and passing:

— The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

— The Commercial Courts, Commercial

Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015.

Further discussion on drought situation in various parts of the country.

Rajya Sabha:

Calling Attention on the pathetic living conditions of plantation workers, especially the tea garden workers in different parts of the country.

Bills for consideration and passing:

— The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

— The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015.

With input : ANI/PTI/Reuters