Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday met leaders of various parties including those whose members have been disrupting the proceedings of the House and also those who have not been doing so and instead demanding smooth functioning of the House. Sources said that during the course of discussions, Mr. Naidu expressed concern over disruptions in the House for the 12th day today. He urged the leaders to do the needful to enable return of normalcy in the House in the context of broad agreement among various sections of the House to discuss farmers’ issues, price rise, and unemployment.
Mr Naidu also said that as per the Rules and conventions of the House, such issues on which there is agreement between the Government and the Opposition are taken up for discussion. He said, accordingly, he has more than once urged both the sides to work on the agenda of the House. Sources also added that when some leaders raised the issue of some members of the Upper House having been named today, Mr Naidu responded that he had to do so out of deep concern and anguish over the course of events. On a proposal that the ‘named’ members be given an opportunity to ‘regret’ their actions, the Rajya Sabha Chairman noted that members do not need permission of the Chair to do so.