New Delhi: A high drama took place in the Rajya Sabha in the Upper House of Parliament on Thursday. The Opposition protested on a number of issues. Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Shantanu Sen snatched the statement from Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav when he got up to speak on the Pegasus espionage controversy. Sen tore the paper and threw it at the Deputy Chairman.
#WATCH | TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy evades a question on the MPs of the party snatching away a paper from the hands of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and tearing it, while he was speaking on 'Pegsus Project' media report in the House. pic.twitter.com/YqZhTgbNJW? ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2021
The Rajya Sabha was finally adjourned for the entire day after two adjournments on Thursday due to uproar. Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav could not make his statement on the 'Pegasus controversy' properly due to the uproar. He had to lay it on the Table of the House. Due to the uproar, the Zero Hour and the Question Hour could not be run. IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav was scheduled to make a statement on the alleged phone tapping issue. As soon as he stood up to speak, opposition MPs rushed to the well of the House and started shouting slogans against the government. Deputy Chairman Harivansh requested the protesting MPs to return to their respective seats and complete their statement to the Minister.
As Soon as Vaishnav started making a statement, TMC MP Shantanu Sen went to his seat and snatched the paper from Vaishnav and tore it, thus preventing him from speaking. The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha then adjourned the House till 11 am tomorrow. Earlier today, the House was adjourned twice after opposition MPs raised issues of alleged spying using Pegasus and others.