New Delhi: The menu had been decided and the invitations ready. Even cooks had been called from a different state for a special cuisine. But Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu called off plans of hosting the special dinner for members of the upper house, which was to take place today, over the ongoing parliament stalemate.
- Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu calls MPs for dinner, then cancels
- Vice President Naidu had even spoken with the President and PM
- Dinner, he felt would be inappropriate, after unexpected turn of events
The Vice President had even spoken to the President, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House, the Leader of Opposition and floor leaders of various parties whom he had invited, hoping that the house proceedings would normalise by Tuesday.
However, failing to witness the expected turn of events in parliament on Tuesday, Mr Naidu thought it would be inappropriate to continue with the dinner, the preparations for which were completed last week.
He informed the upper house about his decision to cancel the dinner at a meeting with floor leaders of different parties in his chamber.
As Mr Naidu had planned a special Andhra meal for his guests and had made arrangements for cooks from the state, their train bookings too had to be cancelled.
Mr Naidu had also reportedly refused to inaugurate a badminton tournament for members of parliament at the Constitution Club last week.