The Parliament saw ugly scenes in the recently concluded Monsoon Session where both the Opposition and the government sparred over various issues and bills that were passed in a din. The Opposition was seen protesting in the House displaying placards, shouting slogans, tearing papers and throwing them at the chair, trying to climb onto the table in front of the chair, throwing the rulebook and using unparliamentary language. Speaking informally after the Monsoon Session, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said while he respected what all the political parties stood for, the Parliament was not a battleground.
Naidu said, “The Parliament is a platform to discuss and debate and not a battleground. Outside political battles should not be fought on the table of the House,” he said.