TMC, AGP stall Indo-B'desh border Bill in Rajya Sabha

The Constitutional amendment bill on demarcation of the boundary with Bangladesh was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid din. Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) tried to stall it and forced several adjournments.

TMC and AGP members created ruckus when Deputy Chairman P J Kurien tried to take leave of the House for the introduction of the bill after a discussion on WTO ended, The Bill was mentioned in the supplementary business list.

Members of Trinamool Congress led by Derek O'Brien and AGP member Birendra Prasad Baishya rushed to the Well in protest. Baishya was carrying a placard claiming that the AGP would not compromise on the issue.

The protesting members reached the area where External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid was present and Baishya was seen moving towards him. Amid chaos, Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

When the House reassembled, the din continued. However the bill was introduced. Agitated members shouted in opposition. The House had to be adjourned again for 30 minutes.
 Ultimately, the House was adjourned sine die.

Even earlier, some members had raised objections as the government circulated the supplementary list of business which mentioned the bill. However, Kurien calmed down them and made them agree to a discussion on the Bali WTO deal.

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