Opposition’s protest over increase in fuel prices disrupts Parliamentary proceedings

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were both disrupted on Wednesday as opposition members protested rising petrol prices.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for just over an hour after opposition parties led by the Congress raised a commotion when their demand for a debate on the increase in petrol and other commodity prices was denied.

Leaders of the Congress, the Left, and the Samajwadi Party wanted their notices acknowledged under rule 267, which requires setting aside the listed business of the day to address the issue of rising prices of vital commodities such as beans and edible oils.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the warnings, stating the matter could be addressed during a debate of grant requests. The opposition MPs were enraged and began shouting slogans. MPs were asked by Naidu to allow zero hour. He deferred the proceedings till 12 p.m., citing the opposition's intransigence.

Ramgopal Yadav (SP), Mallikarjun Kharge, Shaktisinh Gohil, Syed Naseer Hussain, and K C Venugopal (all Congress), as well as Binoy Viswam (CPI), have all given notices Under rule 267.  Yadav said, an increase in fuel prices has caused all commodity prices to rise.

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