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Rajya Sabha again adjourned over price rise

New Delhi, Feb 24 (Calcutta Tube) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the second successive day Wednesday with the opposition demanding a discussion on rising prices of essential commodities under a rule that requires voting.

The trouble began when the house assembled at 11 a.m. with S.S. Ahluwalia and other members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding that the discussion be held under rules 167 and 168 and not as a short duration discussion as the government had agreed to.

A discussion under the two rules requires not only voting but also that the sense of the house on the topic under discussion be recorded.

Chairman Hamid Ansari’s repeated pleas for letting question hour proceed fell on deaf ears, even as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan stressed that the government had accepted the opposition’s demand on Monday for a short duration discussion, a stance that was modified on Tuesday.

‘We are ready for a discussion. Let question hour be suspended and let the discussion begin right now,’ Chavan said amidst the din.

With the opposition in no mood to relent, Ansari adjourned the house till 12 noon.

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