New Delhi: Opposition on Monday sought to corner the government after noticing that seats meant for ministers in the Rajya Sabha were vacant, creating a flutter for some moments.
Amid din over Assam Gana Parishad member Kumar Deepak Das` insistence on raising an issue concerning Assam, V Maitreyan (AIADMK) drew the attention of the Chair to vacant front rows of the treasury benches and shouted "no minister".
As soon as Maitreyan raised the issue, he was
spontaneously supported by members of other opposition parties
Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan then looked around and asked
"where is Cabinet Minster..?"
At this Sriprakash Jaiswal, who was seated in the back
rows rushed to in the front bench sending members into peals
"Yes, Jaiswal is there. If you are not aware he is Cabinet
Minister what can I say," Khan said in a lighter vein.
When Jaiswal took his seat on the front row, a Congress
member Satyavrat Chaturvedi started chatting with him.
To this, Khan said the minister should be attentive. "I
request the honorable member not to disturb the minister when
the House is running," he said, to which the minister
All this happened amid din as members from BJP, BSP and
Left kept asking the Chair to allow Das to raise his issue
relating to "national integration".