The Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Wednesday after Opposition leaders protested over several matters, including the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, PTI reported. The House was first adjourned till 2 pm soon after proceedings began, and then for the day immediately after reconvening.
Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after paying respects to sitting Biju Janata Dal MP Ladu Kishore Swain, who died on Tuesday night, The Indian Express reported. The 71-year-old was the MP from Aska Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha.
In the Rajya Sabha, Congress member Ripun Bora moved an adjournment motion seeking an explanation from the Home Ministry over the Supreme Court indicting it over the National Register of Citizens. The Congress has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, The Hindu reported.
Samajwadi Party member Ramgopal Yadav sought a discussion on the issue of the new “13-point roster system” for the recruitment of college and university teachers. The new system was altered by a 2016 ruling of the Allahabad High Court, which was upheld by the Supreme Court on January 22.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government had moved a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court and will now move a review petition. “We will pursue the matter,” he said even as Opposition members continued to protest.
In the earlier 200-point system, teaching positions were reserved by treating the university as one unit. The new system will see reservation applied by department and may drastically cut the number of such posts reserved for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
On Tuesday, proceedings in both Houses were disrupted repeatedly as MPs caused an uproar over the spat between the Central Bureau of Investigation and the West Bengal government.