New Delhi, March 26: AGP MPs in Rajya Sabha today reacted vociferously after being disallowed to raise the issue of the Assam Accord during zero hour.
The zero hour, immediately after papers are tabled following the question hour, allows members to raise issues of importance.
Kumar Deepak Das said he wanted to speak on the Assam Accord but deputy chairman K. Rahman Khan did not allow him to do so in the absence of a notice.
Das, who is usually relaxed, lost his patience and said he felt there was discrimination.
Fellow MP Birendra Prasad Baishya, too, stood up and supported his party MP.
Sir, this is discrimination, please allow him to speak, said Baishya.
Soon, they found support in fellow MPs from the Opposition, including Brijesh Singh of the BSP and deputy leader of BJP S.S. Ahluwalia, who also stood up for Das.
Khan, however, did not relent.
An upset Khan told the MPs that the tradition of the House should not be changed and that Das could speak after giving a notice tomorrow.
Das has been one of the most vocal MPs from Assam. In the absence of too many Opposition MPs from the Congress-ruled states, there are few questions asked from the treasury benches.