With the exception of a walkout by Congress MPs during a discussion of the National Anti-Doping Bill, For the first time since the monsoon session began on July 18, the Rajya Sabha was able to conduct business on Wednesday.
After the Upper House spent weeks having heated debates that got in the way of work, Zero Hour went off without a hitch. Seventeen members brought up important public issues.
As soon as the House met, Congress and Shiv Sena lawmakers tried to talk about how the government was allegedly misusing the central investigation agencies, but chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu stopped them.
Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the opposition, said that the chair should let notices under Rule 267 talk about suspected abuses by autonomous bodies. Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi tried to talk about the arrest of party MP Sanjay Raut, but Naidu said that such things could only be talked about during normal business hours. He said that because of interruptions, members hadn’t been able to talk about more than 180 important public issues.
Harbhajan Singh, who used to play cricket and is now an MP for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), talked about the attack on the gurudwara in Kabul during the Zero Hour.
During question time, Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Dola Sen talked about how the Delhi Police had detained the West Bengal CID investigation team. She wanted to know why the CID officers were arrested even though the court already had a warrant for their arrest.