Uproar in Rajya Sabha during laying of Rail Budget

The presentation of Railway Budget in Rajya Sabha was marked by a row Tuesday as Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry alleged that the Budget speech has already got printed in a newspaper, which is a "breach of privilege" of the House.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 08, 2014, 15:58 PM IST

New Delhi: The presentation of Railway Budget in Rajya Sabha was marked by a row Tuesday as Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry alleged that the Budget speech has already got printed in a newspaper, which is a "breach of privilege" of the House.

As soon as the House met after lunch at 2:00 pm, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien called Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda to lay the Railway Budget.

While Gowda was laying a copy of the Budget, Mistry rose in his seat and later came to aisle waving a newspaper and saying that the Railway Budget speech has been printed before it was presented before Parliament.
"It is a breach of the privilege of the House," Mistry said. P Rajeeve and K N Balagopal (both CPI-M) also stood up but what they said could not be heard.

Kurien told Mistry that he can give a notice or take it up during discussion on the railway budget for which ten hours have been allotted.
As the Congress leader persisted with his protest, Kurien told him, "If you are pressing for a privilege, you can give a notice."

Gowda laid the railway budget amid din after which the Chair adjourned the House for the day.