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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:24 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:24 AM (IST)

Power equations change in RS

Post-poll defeat, Congress protests in Upper House losing steam

Democracy murdered in Goa, Manipur: Digvijaya

  • Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said he had moved a substantive motion under Rule 168 on the conduct of Manipur and Goa Governors and wanted to know when it would be taken up
  • Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said the notice had been received and was under consideration. “As and when the Chairman decides on the admissibility, you will be intimated,” Singh was told
  • He alleged ‘democracy was murdered’ when Governors called BJP to form government and ‘conduct of the Governors’ was going against established practice and constitutional propriety

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20

The side-effects of BJP’s monumental win in Uttar Pradesh have started showing in the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition has been making the most of its number advantage to put the Narendra Modi government in the dock in the past two-and-a-half years.

The House, which has been functioning most normally in reconvened Budget session, saw no fireworks when Congress leaders pressed for a demand for expeditiously taking up of a substantive motion on the conduct of the Governors of Goa and Manipur in not calling the single-largest party to form government after the Assembly elections.

In the past, the Congress has effectively used the number advantage to ensure adjournments over many issues, but its protests in the House over Goa and Manipur situations on a day Nongthombam Biren Singh won floor test in Manipur lacked the required punch.

Party leader Digvijaya Singh had on Friday moved a notice under Rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the happenings in Goa but the Chair ruled the conduct of Governor could only be discussed under a substantive motion.

Another leader Anand Sharma charged the BJP of “committing theft (of mandate) by deceit”. Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said “murder of democracy” should not go on record, which was opposed by the Congress and other Opposition parties.

Prasad said the “in-house problems of Congress should not be shifted to the Governor”. JD-U’s Sharad Yadav supported the demand for early consideration of the motion. He said an impression has been given that when the issue first figured in the House, it would be taken up on Monday.

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