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Finally the Rajya Sabha is functional
Finally the upper house of the parliament, Rajya Sabha, has resumed normal functioning on the sixth day today. This happened after the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari read out a resolution in which he asked politicians to refrain from making controversial statements. The opposition accepted the resolution and finally the house started functioning normally.

The resolution says, "This House, while acknowledging the statement made by the Prime Minister on 4 December, appeals to all members of Parliament, ministers and leaders of all political parties to maintain civility at all costs in public discourse for the successful functioning of Parliamentary democracy and to uphold our committment to constitutional values."

The entire last week was a total waste in Rajya Sabha as the house didn't function at all due to opposition's demand that Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti should resign.

Earlier as soon as the house started its proceedings at 11am, the opposition party members including the Congress, CPM, TMC, Samajwadi Party started their protest. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien then allowed the Congress leader Anand Sharma to speak on the condition that the zero hour should be allowed to take place after that.

On being allowed to speak Anand Sharma said the opposition has scaled down its demand. "We gave up on demand for resignation and then the condemnation, and now want just a two-line resolution," said Sharma.

Quoting the resolution the Congress leader said, "Any statement made by any member of parliament, member of cabinet or council of ministers that is inflammatory, derogatory, and violates the letter and spirit of the Constitution and law of the land is being strongly disapproved by the house."

Soon after finishing the speech, Sharma moved the resolution, which was rejected by Kurien. The deputy chairman said no resolution can be moved without the Chair's permission. Agitated after this the opposition leaders came into the well and started raising slogans against the government.

Seeing the condition not in favor of running the house, the Deputy Speaker, P.J. Kurien had to adjourned the proceedings till noon.

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