In a rare scene, finance minister P Chidambaram and Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien sparred in the Rajya Sabha over procedures, triggering commotion which led to stalling of the House for nearly an hour.
The row began at noon when Kurien called the Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley to speak on the situation in Kishtwar area of Jammu and Kashmir, after demands by BJP members since Jaitley was not allowed to proceed to Kishtwar yesterday.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram said he wanted to make a statement on the issue and insisted that he should be allowed first.
Kurien, however, said he had already asked Jaitley to speak and Chidambaram could make the statement after him, telling him that he should have intimated in advance.
At this Chidambaram remonstrated, saying, "This is a completely new practice. I must record by respectful protest."
Chidambaram's party colleagues including Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni and Satyavrat Chaturvedi backed him, asking the Chair to allow the government to make a statement on the issue first.
However, Kurien stuck to his guns. Chidambaram, backed by his party colleagues, continued to express protest over the Chair's decision. On the other hand, BJP members protested against the ruling party's objections to the Chair's decision. This led to an uproar, causing the house to be adjourned.