Government sources said that some opposition MPs “misbehaved” with members of the treasury bank, including a minister, even after the Chamber was suspended.
“We are approaching the President of Rajya Sabha for action against them as their behavior is a blow to parliamentary decorum,” said one Union Minister, who did not want to be named, said.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Shantanu Sen seized documents from Vaishnaw after TMC, Congress and other members of the opposition party, who had previously forced two postponements of proceedings in Rajya Sabha, rushed to the well of the House when the minister was called in to make a statement in the Pegasus snooping line.
Government sources said that the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and his deputy Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi approached members of the opposition and assured them that the minister will answer their queries after he makes his statement, but to no avail.
Since Vaishnaw could not read the entire statement, he placed himself on the table and the session was adjourned.
However, the situation remained tense in the Chamber as the two sides engaged in heated exchanges.
Sen alleged that Union Minister Hardeep Puri verbally abused him in the Upper house of parliament and was on the verge of physically assaulting him before his colleagues rescued him. Puri has so far not commented on the issue.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has described the opposition’s behavior as a “new low” in Parliament.