LS adjourned again amid protest by Left MPs
The Lok Sabha was adjourned again till 2.00 pm on Wednesday as Left MPs continued to protest against Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay and demanded an apology from him for using unparliamentary words against Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Basudeb Acharia.
Earlier, the house was adjourned over the issue during the question hour.
When the house assembled at 11, Speaker Meira Kumar said about Tuesday's incident: "I disapprove such conduct". She also requested the opposition to cooperate with the chair to conduct the question hour.
However, Acharia, a veteran MP, said: "He (Bandyopadhyay) will have to apologise".
"This is not an insult to an individual member. It is an insult to the entire house," he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi said such a thing had never happened in the house and Bandyopadhyay should apologise to the house.
Rejecting the demand, Badyopadhyay said the video recording of Tuesday's Lok Sabha proceedings should be checked. If he was indeed found to have used objectionable language, he would apologise.
Finance Minister and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee said he had seen many ugly scenes in the house. "We should not say these are unprecedented incidents."
He requested the Left MPs to close the chapter as the speaker had made an observation on the incident. But the Left MPs reached near the speaker's podium and continued their noisy protest.
The Congress MPs, raising the listed questions, demanded that the house should be allowed to function.
"Everybody wants the question (hour). Please go back," the speaker told the protesting MPs. But they refused, and the speaker adjourned the house till 12 noon.
When the house re-assembled, the Left MPs continued to protest. They again gathered near the speaker's podium. Inder Singh Namdhari was on the chair.
The Left MPs created a ruckus when the chair invited the members to lay the papers on the table of the house.
Finally, the chair adjourned the house till 2.00 pm.