Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

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New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned till 2.30 p.m. amid chaos over the government reducing wheat import duty to zero per cent.

Soon after the house met at noon, the opposition MPs began shouting slogans against the government. They termed the government as “anti-farmers”.

Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari requested the agitated members to let the house function, but his pleas went unheard.

He then asked if the members wanted the Question Hour to be taken up. On this, the slogan-shouting MPs said “no”.

The Chairman, who tried to restore peace in the house, said “nothing can be done in this noise”.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said over 70 hours of the Rajya Sabha have been wasted and the opposition was not allowing the house to function even after President Pranab Mukherjee appealed to them.

“The country will not forgive them,” he said.

The Chairman then adjourned the house till 2.30 p.m.

There has been a continuous logjam in the upper house ever since the winter session of the Parliament began on November 16, and no meaningful business has been conducted till date.

The winter session ends on December 16.

–IANS

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