Turmoil in Parliament over Telangana, other issues

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New Delhi, Feb 11: Turmoil in Parliament over Telangana and other issues took a toll on the proceedings for the fifth consecutive day today, as a result of which no substantive business could be transacted.

Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at noon and Rajya Sabha till 2 PM after two earlier adjournments during Question Hour.

The ruckus in both Houses, however, did not deter the Chair to introduce three bills – two in Rajya Sabha and one in Lok Sabha – as members of several parties trooped into the Well raising slogans on their respective demands. As soon as Lok Sabha met at noon after one adjournment, over 40 members from different parties, including supporters and opponents of Telangana, walked into the Well raising various issues, including Telangana.

Amid continuing pandemonium, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till tomorrow after laying of papers and introduction of a bill seeking to acquire certain areas in Mumbai for the Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial.

In the din, the Speaker allowed Congress member Thokchom Meinya to raise the issue of attacks against Northeastern people in different parts of the country, including Delhi. He claimed that “racial profiling” of these citizens was being carried out and wanted urgent action to check the menace.

Pandemonium prevailed in Rajya Sabha too, with the House witnessing unruly scenes, leading to three adjournments in the pre-lunch session. The House was adjourned till 2 PM by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. Amid the din the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 and the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014, were introduced. .

When Lok Sabha again met at noon after one adjournment, members from Andhra Pradesh, including those from Congress, carried placards saying ‘Jai Samaikyandhra’ and ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’. There were also those demanding creation of separate state of Telangana. The government proposes to bring the Telangana bill in the current session despite sharp divide among political parties, including ruling Congress, over the issue.

JD(U) members were seen with posters demanding special status for Bihar. DMK members raised the issue of harassment of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy. Many Left party members raised the issue of rapes in West Bengal and Kerala. They were carrying placards which referred to alleged rape at a Congress office in Kerala.

Akali Dal members highlighted the issue of anti-Sikh riots of 1984 with demands that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi should reveal names of those who responsible. AIADMK members as well as Samajwadi Party MP Shailendra Kumar also raised slogans but were inaudible in the din.

As soon as Rajya Sabha met for the day members from TDP, DMK, Congress and V Maitreyan of AIADMK trooped into the Well. DMK members shouted slogans seeking India’s intervention to save Tamil Nadu fishermen held by Sri Lanka. Maitreyan, upset with Rajya Sabha bulletin naming unruly MPs, tore copies of bulletin and flung them towards the Chair. Demanding that the bulletin be withdrawn, he shouted “we want justice” even as the Chair tried to convince him to go back.

Seemandhra MPs belonging to Congress and TDP waved placards in the Well while a number of Congress MPs from Telanagana region including V Hanumanth Rao shouted slogans in favour a separate Telangana. TDP MP Gundu Sudha Rani was seen displaying a placard with the slogan ‘We demand Telangana Bill in Parliament’.

Amid din, Ansari adjourned the House for 10 minutes. When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed, leading to its adjournment till noon. The House was then adjourned till 2 PM as similar scenes prevailed. PTI