Turmoil in Rajya Sabha over Telangana

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2014 14:05 IST

Turmoil over Telangana statehood and a variety of other issues paralysed proceedings in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday prompting a comment from the Chairman that he was "disturbed" and "disappointed" over lack of consensus to run the House.

The House saw two adjournments in the pre-lunch sitting with members from Congress, TDP, DMK, AIADMK and Left trooping into the Well as soon as the House met for the day and raising slogans on a number of issues like Telangana, atrocities against women and plight of Tamil fishermen.
V Maitreyan (AIADMK), upset with Rajya Sabha bulletin naming unruly MPs, continued to tear its copies.

TDP members carrying 'Save Andhra Pradesh' banners and the lone Congress member with 'We Want United Andhra Pradesh' poster positioned themselves right before Chairman Hamid Ansari's Chair.

DMK members led by Kanimozhi too were in the Well holding 'Save Tamil Fishermen' banners, while AIADMK members shouted "we want justice". Left MPs too moved into the Well seeking strict implementation of law to stop violence against women.

Some of them held banners "Stop state-sponsored rapes in West Bengal" Some Left MPs held banners to highlight countrywide strike by 12 lakh central government employees.

Amid din, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.

When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked members to lay papers listed against their names including reports of various Standing Committees.

As the ruckus continued, Kurien asked Y S Chowdhary (TDP) not to block his face by waving a placard.

Gundu Sudha Rani (TDP) from Telangana region was seen displaying a placard for creation of a separate state.

A visibly upset Kurien adjourned the House till 2 PM remarking, "Important Bills are pending but there is lack of consensus...I am disturbed and with a disappointed heart, I am adjourning the House."

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