Rajya Sabha to discuss Rohith death, JNU issue

NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha will discuss the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and the arrest of Jawahar Lal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiyya Kumar on charges of sedition on February 24, a day after Parliament convenes for the Budget Session.

This was decided at an all-party meeting called by Vice-President Hamid Ansari that the discussion on these two issues that have raised much controversy in campuses across the country and in political circles must take place early.

“The specific rule under which this would be discussed will be finalised when the Business Advisory Committee [BAC] of the Rajya Sabha meets, early this week,” said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The meeting also resolved that the House would pass the delimitation Bill pertaining to some constitu

encies in West Bengal. The Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST) and the Bankruptcy Code Bill have been deferred to the second half of the Budget Session when it reconvenes in April.

The Rajya Sabha, where the government has a disadvantage with numbers, has in the last few sessions become the theatre of opposition politics.