Rajya Sabha Session Temporarily Halted due to Sloganeering by Opposition


The Rajya Sabha was disrupted on Wednesday as opposition parties demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into allegations of fraud against the Adani Group. Joined by Congress MPs wearing black to show their protest, the Oppositions MPs began to chant slogans, causing distress in the House immediately as the listed papers were laid out. Listening to the uproar, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.

The Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge had sent a notice to the Chairman earlier under Rule 267 of Rajya Sabha, proposing that the scheduled business of the day be suspended. With the ruckus created by the Oppositions MPs successful in disrupting the original flow of the House, it was ultimately the Chairman who had to make the final call and adjourn the proceedings.

The Adani Group, founded by Gautam Adani, is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Engaged in several sectors, Adani Group is one of India’s largest private conglomerates with a net worth of USD 16.1 billion. It has operations spanning across resources and energy, logistics, agribusiness, real estate, financial services, defence and aerospace.

Jagdeep Dhankar, the current Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, is an Indian lawyer, politician and the Governor of West Bengal. He first took office on 25 July 2019, succeeding Keshari Nath Tripathi who had served since July 2014. Dhankar was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014 and served as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. After a successful run at the highest governing body of the Lok Sabha, he assumed office as the 30th Rajya Sabha Chairman in August 2019.