The government on Wednesday apologised for the alleged manhandling of MP Rama Shankar Rajbhar of the BSP by the prime minister’s security guards in Parliament, after angry MPs forced suspension of business in the Lok Sabha for two hours.
“I apologise for the incident,” Leader of the House Pranab Mukerjee said after the BSP members protested against the incident.
“It is an unfortunate incident and I express my regret. Within the precincts of Parliament all MPs are equal. The PM has told me to apologise for the incident,” he said.
BSP and Samajwadi Party members rushed into the well as soon the House re-assembled at noon after an earlier adjournment, demanding action against the Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel responsible or the assault.
"In the name of providing security to the prime minister, Members of Parliament (MPS) are being insulted day in and day out. It is an insult to this august House," BSP leader Dara Singh Chauhan said.
Deputy speaker Karia Munda, after hearing Chauhan, said he would bring the matter to the notice of Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar.
Slogan-shouting Left and TDP members, carrying placards, were also rushed into the
Well demanding a debate on agrarian crisis and the plight of farmers.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was seen talking to the agitated BSP members and senior ministers P K Bansal and Harish Rawat, urging them to return to their seats.
As the din continued, Munda adjourned the House till 2pm after ordering the laying of papers and allowing introduction of a bill to set up Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development.