Kapil Sibal accuses Dhankhar of ‘interrupting’ members in RS

In his remarks in the Lok Sabha on 2 July, Modi had said, “No matter how many numbers they claim, when we came in 2014, our strength in the Rajya Sabha was very low, and the chair’s inclination was somewhat on the other side. But we did not waver from our resolve to serve the country with pride.”

While Modi did not name anyone, former vice-president Ansari was the chairman of the Rajya Sabha from August 2012 to August 2017. “If the PM has made a speech which is in violation of the rules, then the primary evidence is the person who has made the remarks. We have not seen such a thing in Parliament in the last 20-30 years,” Sibal said.

“If you look at any Parliament in the world and you look at the attitude of any presiding officer…in no country (does) the presiding officer of a house frequently interrupt in this manner.

“But I guess India has its own unique ways of monitoring the functioning of the house. The treasury benches should change their attitude and consult the opposition in matters of national concern,” the Independent Rajya Sabha MP said.

On the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Sibal said, “When the prime minister announced demonetisation, he claimed violence would stop in Kashmir and terrorism would be checked. This he said in 2016, but such incidents kept on happening. Then Article 370 was abrogated. It is now a Union Territory, which means the government is in direct control. What are they doing?

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