As soon as the Upper House met, opposition members were on their feet demanding a debate to be taken up immediately on the issue. Repeated pleas by the chair to take up the question hour first as scheduled went unheeded.

As the din continued, the Upper House was first adjourned for 15 minutes, and then till noon. The government has relented to opposition demand, and has fixed the debate on Monday.

However, Opposition members had insisted that the debate be taken up immediately, as it was listed in the business of the day on Wednesday when the government blocked it, saying rules did not allow ‘discourteous reference’ towards ‘friendly nations’.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrote to the chairman, urging him not to allow the debate and the discussion was not listed in the business chart for Friday.


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