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Venkaiah Naidu Says He 'Couldn't Sleep' Due To Opposition Protests, Breaks Down In Parliament

'I am distressed by the way this sacredness has been destroyed yesterday. While some members sat on the Table, some others climbed on the Table of the House, perhaps to be more visible with acts of sacrilege.', said Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu Says He 'Couldn't Sleep' Due To Opposition Protests, Breaks Down In Parliament
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expressed deep sadness during today's session regarding Opposition MPs' misconduct inside the House -

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu  Naidu broke down during Wednesday's session while  expressing deep anguish over some opposition MPs inappropriate conduct inside the House. He said that he couldn't sleep because of the 'sacrilege' of the 'temple of democracy'.

Previously on Tuesday, in a very unparliamentary incident, Opposition MPs mounted on  the officials' table placed at the centre of the Rajya Sabha, waved black cloths and threw files while a discussion on the farmer protests and three central laws were going on.

Referring to Tuesday's events, Naidu said Parliament, the apex legislature of the country, is regarded as the "temple of democracy".

The Table area where officers and reporters of the House, the Secretary General and the Presiding Officer sit is considered as the holy sanctum sanctorum of the House, he said.

A certain degree of sacredness is attached to this place, Naidu said, and added in temples, devotees are allowed only up to this sanctum sanctorum and not beyond.

Entering this sanctum sanctorum of the House in itself is an act of sacrilege and it has become a routine over the years, he said.

"I am distressed by the way this sacredness has been destroyed yesterday. While some members sat on the Table, some others climbed on the Table of the House, perhaps to be more visible with acts of sacrilege. I have no words to convey my anguish and to condemn such acts," the Chairman said.

Naidu further said he "spent a sleepless night last night".

As he was making the remarks, several opposition party MPs trooped in the Well of the House and started sloganeering over various issues.

The Chairman adjourned the proceedings till noon.

(With PTI Inputs)

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