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Standoff over Sudip's remark in LS ends

A reprimand of Sudip Bandopadhyay by Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday brought an end to the standoff in the Lok Sabha with CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia "closing the chapter" after Opposition appeals for adopting a 'forgive and forget' attitude.

delhi Updated: May 05, 2010 15:16 IST

A reprimand of Sudip Bandopadhyay by Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday brought an end to the standoff in the Lok Sabha with CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia "closing the chapter" after Opposition appeals for adopting a 'forgive and forget' attitude.

Acharia declared that he was "closing this chapter" so that normal proceedings can start and said he was doing it in deference to the wishes of the leaders of various parties.

With Bandopadhyay remaining unmoved by the Left demands for an unconditional apology, the way out was found with Opposition leaders, ranging from Sushma Swaraj, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Gurudas Dasgupta, Arjun Charan Sethi and a few others, making the appeal to Acharia.

Bandopadhyay had earlier earned the wrath of the Speaker who disapproved of his "quite unbecoming" behaviour, making the Trinamool Congress leader the first member to be reprimanded in the current Lok Sabha.

Noting that Bandopadhyay used certain words while reacting to some observations by Acharia, the Speaker said, "Those words and the manner in which they were said were quite unbecoming of a member of the House. I disapprove of such conduct. I hope no member will again give an occasion for the Chair to make such an observation."

Left members had stormed the well earlier in the day, saying nothing short of an unconditional apology would suffice.

Yesterday, an impromptu debate in the Lok Sabha on the issue of motormen's strike was capped by a clash between Trinamool and Left members after Bandopadhyay apparently hurled some expletives at Acharia.

Later, Bandopadhyay said he "fully accepts" the ruling of the Speaker but insisted that he had not made any unparliamentary remark. "If any of my comments are found unparliamentary in the proceedings, I am willing to apologise in the House," he said, amid support from Trinamool Congress member and minister Dinesh Trivedi.

Besides, Bandopadhyay sought to attack the Left saying nobody should try to "score" political points in the House. "I need not be taught by anybody as to how to behave in Parliament."

Earlier, Leader of the House and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sought to cool the tempers saying, "It is not that sometimes these things do not happen –-- tempers run high, sometimes we lose our tempers. I myself have on a number of occasions apologised to the House."

Mukherjee appealed to the House that the matter be treated settled after the observations of the Speaker.