Determined to make an impact in the Lok Sabha where the BJP has a brute majority, two opposition MPs went overboard with their protests.
While Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Pappu Yadav got an earful from deputy speaker M Thambidurai for throwing a piece of paper at him, CPM member A Sampath “exerted” himself so much protesting that he fell ill in the House.
The opposition members had been in the Well of the House for a considerable period on Monday afternoon, raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence on the controversy over forced religious conversions.
After letting the opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge have his say, however, Deputy Speaker Thambidurai went ahead with the scheduled business. Yadav – who was standing near the Speaker’s table – tore a newspaper report about RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent remarks on conversions and threw it. One piece of paper landed on the Speaker’s table, prompting an angry Thambidurai to adjourn the House for ten minutes.
When Kharge’s microphone was switched off for a brief while, CPM MP A Sampath – who was already in the Well of the House – started shouting in protest at the disrespect to Kharge, who he referred to as the Leader of Opposition. And he didn’t stop till the House was adjourned again.
Seconds later, Sampath took ill and was helped to a chair by opposition members. A doctor was quickly summoned who advised a complete check-up. Half an hour later when the House resumed, Naidu told MPs that there was no need to worry.