Cong, oppn raise electoral bonds issue in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Opposition parties led by theCongress on Friday sought to raise the issue of electoralbonds in Rajya Sabha but were not allowed by the Chair.

The Congress and other parties gave several notices underRule 267 seeking setting aside of the business to take up theissue after news reports suggested that the Finance Ministryoverruled objections of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on thebonds.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, however, said he has examinedthe issue and it was not important enough to set aside thebusiness.

He, however, said members could seek a debate or raise itunder different rules.

Anand Sharma (Cong) said members normally do not invokeRule 267 unless demanded by the gravity and seriousness of theissue. He demanded that the business be suspended andgovernment be asked to make full disclosures.

Naidu overruled him, saying he receives an average of 4-5267 notices every second day and cannot set aside businessevery time.

'I am not convinced about the sudden necessity to discuss(electoral bonds). But I am convinced about necessity todiscuss and so it can be taken up in a different form,' hesaid.

Opposition members were not satisfied and continued toraise the issue.

CPI (M)'s T K Rangarajan termed electoral bonds as a 'bigscam'.

As members continued to speak, Naidu threatened toadjourn proceedings if they continued.

As order was restored, Naidu said Digvijaya Singh (Cong)has given a Zero Hour notice on the issue which he isallowing.

But later said Singh could raise the issue whenever adebate on the issue takes place.

Singh was not satisfied and began arguing. Naidu orderedthat Singh's arguments will not go on record.

Singh was heard saying that the Chair has been 'unfair'to him.

Naidu shot back, saying this was not the way to threatenthe chair.

'You have been totally unfair with all your experience,'Naidu told Singh.

The issue of electoral bonds has snowballed into apolitical flash point following reports based on RTI responseof the government which stated that the RBI and the ElectionCommission had reservations over them, but were overruled bythe Modi government. PTI ANZDV DV