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Congress disrupts RS proceedings over 'alarming' Arunachal issue

New Delhi: Dec 18; Opposition on Friday closed ranks in Rajya Sabha demanding recall of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, forcing three adjournments in the pre-lunch session as Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party staged a walk-out over the issue.

Protesting in the House for the fourth consecutive day on the issue, Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he has given a notice for adjournment of business to discuss the Arunachal Pradesh issue saying the central government was responsible for the stalemate in Parliament for the past several days.

The Governor, he claimed, called a session of the assembly without the consent or recommendation of the Cabinet and Chief Minister, set the agenda, decided on the seating arrangement, set the priority of items to be taken up including removal and its reporting to him.

As the din continued, the House was again adjourned for half and hour and then till 2.30 PM. However, Chairman Hamid Ansari persisted on taking up Question Hour and three listed questions were taken up in Rajya Sabha amid pandemonium.

"I think this matter was discussed in the first Hour. Let us get on with that. This may be an important matter but this is not the time for it. Please allow Question Hour," he said but his plea remained unheeded.

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