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'MPs should introspect over functioning of House'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 10, 2014
First Published: 11:40 IST(10/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:30 IST(10/2/2014)

Both Houses of Parliament were once again disrupted on Monday over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh as members in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha continued to protest against the formation of separate Telangana state among other things.

Rajya Sabha as well as Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after ruckus over Telangana forced the speakers to stop the proceedings.

Tempers ran high in the upper house on Monday as some members objecting to the mention of ten MPs for action against them for "violation of rules" tore official papers.

The copies of House bulletin were torn by V Maitreyan (AIADMK) and TM Selvaganapathi (DMK) during a protest by members over various issues including Telangana statehood and plight of Tamil fishermen.

The House saw four adjournments till lunch without any substantial business being transacted.

Members from TDP raised the Telangana issue, while DMK and AIADMK protested harassment of Tamil fishermen by trooping into the Well as soon as the House met for the day, forcing chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn it twice including one within barely a minute after it assembled.

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The agitating members again rushed to the Well displaying placards like "Save Andhra Pradesh" as soon as it reassembled at noon, with deputy chairman PJ Kurien adjourning it for 15 minutes till 12.17pm.

However, when it met again, similar scenes were witnessed and in the melee Maitreyan and a few others were seen tearing bulletins in which members of AIADMK, DMK and TDP were named for obstructing proceedings.

With the House in disorder, an angry Kurein said, "I know what you want. You want censoring of the proceedings of the House. It is illegal, against rules. It is unbecoming of you. What you are doing is wrong...unruly. I am sorry."

During the uproar, ministers Jairam Ramesh and Rajiv Shukla were seen requesting Maitreyan not to throw the torn pieces of papers.

Kurien then adjourned the House till 2pm.

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Ten members - YS Chowdary and CM Ramesh (both TDP), N Balaganga, AW Rabi Bernard, KR Arjunan, T Rathinavel, R Lakshmanan (all AIADMK) and Vasanthi Stanley, AA Jinnah and TM Selvaganapathi (all DMK) - were named in Rajya Sabha Bulletin of February 7 for disrupting proceedings.

"Due to gross disorderly conduct in violation of rules and etiquette of Rajya Sabha by the following members who, from time to time, entered the 'Well' of the House and persistently and willfully obstructed the proceedings of the House, the Chair repeatedly adjourned the House during the course of the day," the bulletin said.

After the House was adjourned ahead of lunch, Selvaganapathi shouted: "Where do we disuss the issue of Tamil fishermen if we are not allowed to raise the issue here?"

Parliament has been continuously disrupted after protests over the Telangana issue turned the first week of the extended Winter Session into a complete washout.

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The logjam forced President Pranab Mukherjee to react and who on Monday said that Parliament's function is to debate, dissent and decide and not get disrupted.

"Parliament is the Gangotri of democracy and if Gangotri is polluted, Ganga cannot be clean. All stakeholders must introspect and follow convention and rules," he said.

He also reminded parliamentarians of their responsibility and asked them to do "some introspection" over Parliament's functioning.

The current Lok Sabha is considered to be the least productive with only 165 bills being cleared in the last four years while 126 bills are still pending.

The government has several key bills, including six anti-corruption legislations, listed for business this session, but is unlikely to get support from the non-NDA opposition parties.

(With PTI inputs)

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