Rajya Sabha : Opp demands privilege proceedings against media remarks on SP member

Rajya Sabha on Friday witnessed an uproar with Opposition members, including those from the Congress, seeking initiation of privilege proceedings against certain media houses for disseminating the expunged remarks of SP leader Naresh Agrawal.

The uproar led to a brief adjournment of the House in pre-lunch session. They alleged that due to the publication and broadcast of the expunged remarks of Mr. Agrawal, his house was vandalized by BJP youth activists.

Responding to it, Deputy Chairman Prof P J Kurien assured that he will look into the demand of the agitating members but asked them to first give notice along with material evidence.

TMC MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy and Anand Sharma of Congress sought immediate initiation of privilege proceedings against media houses which had disseminated expunged remarks.

Terming the issue raised as a serious matter, the Deputy Chairman said if anything has been expunged, no one can print it and nobody has the authority to file an FIR on the basis of the expunged remarks. Prof Kurien asked the government to enquire into the incident and take action.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the House can take action as per the rules, adding that the government is against any kind of violence.

However, the Opposition did not yield and several of them including from Congress, SP and Left parties trooped into the Well shouting slogans against the BJP. Prof Kurien had to adjourn the House for about 15 minutes.

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