Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today (August 11) expressed “deep anguish” at the unruly conduct of Opposition MPs in the House yesterday – when some members had climbed up the table where officers and reporters of House are seated and one MP even hurled an official file in the Chair’s direction – and equated it to “sacrilege” saying that the reporters’ table was considered as “sanctum sanctorum” of the “temple” of Parliament.
"All sacredness of this House was destroyed yesterday when some members sat on the tables and some climbed on the tables," Rajya Sabha chairman said. Earlier on Tuesday, ugly scenes were witnessed in Rajya Sabha as Opposition MPs climbed on the officials' table, waved black cloth and threw files when the House began a discussion on farmers' protest against new reform laws. Many MPs stood on the table where the parliamentary staff sits right below the chair, while others crowded around it shouting anti-government slogans.
A few members squatted on the tables for over one-and-half hours during which proceedings were adjourned multiple times. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House sine die as Opposition MPs created ruckus. The session was originally slated to culminate on August 13.