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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Can't we respect even Nido's death, says Ansari

PTI  New Delhi, February 06, 2014
First Published: 13:15 IST(6/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:20 IST(6/2/2014)

As members of Rajya Sabha continued to disrupt proceedings over various issues, chairman Hamid Ansari, who was forced to adjourn the proceedings, deplored them for not allowing a discussion on the death of a student from Arunachal Pradesh.

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Nido Taniam, son of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA, was allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar area of south Delhi after he got into an altercation with them over their remarks on his hairstyle. He subsequently died on January 30.

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As soon as the proceedings commenced, members from different political parties demanded a discussion on Nido Taniam.

AIADMK and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) members created noisy scenes on different issues even after Ansari agreed for the discussion as sought by various political parties earlier.

Ansari even asked Ravi Shankar Prasad of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to speak on the issue.

But, AIADMK members rushed to the Well protesting the arrest of Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities, while TDP members shouted slogans against the plan to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

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Ansari repeatedly requested them to resume their seats so that the discussion could be started, but the protesting members were not willing to relent.

"Can we not respect the dead even?" asked Ansari as the din continued.

He then adjourned the House till noon.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2pm and Lok Sabha for the day as soon as the Houses reconvened for the second time.

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Earlier, both Lok Sabha and Rjaya Sabha were adjourned till 12pm after an uproar over a variety of issues including the Telangana statehood and plight of Tamil fishermen.

As soon as Lok Sabha met for the day, several anti-Telangana members trooped into the Well holding placards and shouting slogans like 'Save Andhra'.

They were joined by members from erstwhile UPA ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), who were demanding "justice" for Tamil fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails.

Some Samajwadi Party members also rushed to the Well but their demand could not be heard in the din.

Amid the pandemonium, speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon.


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