Congress members wanted the House to vote on its resolution condemning and disapproving any "inflammatory and derogatory" statement by any minister or member of Parliament, but treasury benches strongly opposed it saying no resolution can be brought without permission of the Chair.
The two sides indulged in slogan shouting, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the House till noon soon after it met for the day.
After laying of listed papers, Kurien took up Zero Hour submissions, but almost the entire Opposition wanted him to allow Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha, to speak.
Kurien said he was allowing Sharma to speak with a request that Zero Hour be taken up after his submission.
Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said, "You (Deputy Chairman) have allowed him (Sharma) on thecondition that thereafter they allow you to conduct Zero Hour. Therefore, are they going to allow you to conduct Zero Hour?" Kurien said that is my request.
Sharma said the entire opposition had first demanded resignation of the minister over her controversial statements which was not agreeable to the government. They then wanted a censure motion which too was not acceptable to the government.
As an alternative, "we have now proposed a two-line motion without naming anyone," he said before reading out a resolution that the House disapproves any inflammatory and derogatory statement made by MPs or ministers.
"I move the resolution," Sharma said.
Nine opposition parties have demanded passage of a joint resolution condemning the remarks of the minister who, they said, deserves "outright removal".