I am very sad sitting on this chair… Why did Rajya Sabha Chairman Dhankhar say this

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: After the Lok Sabha, the opposition parties created a ruckus during PM Narendra Modi's speech in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. During PM Modi's speech, other opposition parties including Congress walked out of the House. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar looked very angry at this. On the walkout of the opposition, he said that today they (the opposition) have not left the House, they have left the decorum. Today they have turned their back not on me, but on the Indian Constitution. Today they have not disrespected me or you, but have disrespected the oath that has been taken under the Constitution.

If the opposition has said its part, then the ruling party should also listen to it

The Chairman said that there cannot be a bigger insult to the Constitution of India than this. Jagdeep Dhankhar said that this is the Upper House and it has to guide the country. Dhankhar said that he condemns this conduct of the opposition members. He said that 140 crore people of the country will be hurt by this behavior of the opposition. He said that the discussion continued in the House till late last night and when the opposition has said its part, it should listen to the ruling party.

They have challenged the Indian Constitution, hurt its soul. I am very sad sitting on this chair that the Constitution is being mocked so much, it is being insulted so much… The Constitution of India is not a book to be held in the hand, but a book to live by. They should introspect, probe their hearts and perform their duties.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, Chairman

There was uproar during PM Modi's speech in Rajya Sabha

Congress and other opposition parties walked out of the House in the middle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech while he was responding to the discussion on the motion of thanks on the President's address. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge sought permission from Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar to say something and when permission was not granted, the opposition members started sloganeering. When PM Modi continued his speech amid the sloganeering and noise of the opposition, the opposition MPs walked out of the House.

War of words between Jagdeep Dhankhar and Mallikarjun Kharge

A day earlier on Tuesday, a war of words broke out between Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge after the chairman sarcastically said that senior member Jairam Ramesh should replace the Leader of Opposition. Dhankhar had said this in an attempt to discipline Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, who was repeatedly trying to disrupt the proceedings of the House. To this, Kharge retorted, “Don't bring the caste system into the picture… that's why you are calling Ramesh very intelligent… and I am lazy.” An angry Dhankhar accused Kharge of twisting his remarks and he never meant it that way.

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