The proceedings were disrupted on Wednesday too as the Opposition pressed for a debate on the Gaza situation but the government steadfastly refused saying it could impact upon India’s diplomatic ties with Israel and Palestine.

The Opposition had pointed out that the issue had been listed as part of business for the day and should be taken up first.
Members kept citing rules to argue in favour and against the debate for almost two hours during which the House was adjourned a number of times.

Earlier resisting a debate, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that she had come to know late about the listing of the issue in the day's business and had written to Chairman Hamid Ansari requesting that it should be dropped.

"We have diplomatic ties with both nations. Any discourteous reference to any friendly country can impact our relations with them," she said.

Swaraj, along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, said the House should take up the debate on Railway Budget till the Chairman's ruling on her letter comes.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien also said that the House should take up other business till the Chairman's ruling comes.

The entire Opposition refused to budge and insisted that they will not let any other item to be taken up till the issue is resolved.
"We cannot take up the Railway Budget unless the first item is disposed off," said Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was to speak on the Rail Budget.

"In the larger interest of the country, I urge the House to take up the Railway Budget," Naidu said amid uproar by Opposition.


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