It was a day full of shame for Parliament and the Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir assemblies on Wednesday as members protested shirtless, slapped a marshal and snatched papers from an official. Members of Parliament have had a free run in the past few days with a lawmaker using pepper spray and others damaging property in both Houses over a bill to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. We show you videos of how our MLAs and MPs display raw emotions and, occasionally, go overboard.
Shirtless in UP assembly
Uttar Pradesh assembly started its session on Wednesday on an uproarious and embarrassing note, when two legislators protested a delay in payments to cane farmers by taking off their shirts. UP: RLD legislators go shirtless in assembly, women MLAs protest
Rashtriya Lok Dal MLAs Sudesh Sharma and Virpal Rathi took off their 'kurtas' soon after governor BL Joshi arrived to address a joint sitting of both Houses of the assembly, leaving women legislators red-faced. The stunned women MLAs covered their faces with scarves and sheets of paper and later decided to register their protest with the speaker.
Jammu and Kashmir assembly marshal slapped
In yet another incident of shame to the democracy, a People's Democratic Party (PDP) member, Syed Bashir, slapped a marshal while his party members created unruly scenes in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly. On the orders of Speaker Mubarak Gul, the unruly PDP members were marshalled out from the House.
The incident happened after the question hour, when Bashir wanted to highlight the issue regarding delay in providing food grains to Kashmiri Pandit migrants in Jagti camp, Nagrota.
Paper-snatcher on the prowl in Parliament
A TDP member snatched papers from Rajya Sabha secretary general Shumsher K Sheriff, forcing two adjournments in pre-lunch sitting. CM Ramesh snatched papers from the Sheriff before he could read it out and hit at the microphone on his table, prompting angry remarks from deputy chairman PJ Kurien, who said, "This is very unfortunate. The Chair should not be attacked. Keep your hands off. What you are doing is very unfortunate." Security staff of Parliament rushed to the aid of the secretary general as Ramesh kept shouting against the passage of the Telangana bill in Lok Sabha and maintaining that it was done in an unconstitutional manner.
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