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Parliament disruptions make my heart bleed: PM

PM Manmohan Singh expressed sorrow as turmoil over Telangana on Wednesday derailed the presentation of the interim rail budget with railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge being forced to cut short his speech in Lok Sabha. Turmoil in RS over Telangana

india Updated: Feb 13, 2014 07:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Telangana row,Telangana disrupts Parliament proceedings,Manmohan Singh

The unprecedented action by four central ministers to move into the well of the House and disrupted railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge’s interim rail budget speech on Wednesday prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to say that his “heart bleeds” over frequent disruptions in Parliament.

“My heart bleeds to see what is happening in the house,” Singh told a group of MPs soon after the Lok Sabha was adjourned over the Telangana issue.

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The government is apparently mulling steps to counter possible disruptions during the presentation of vote-on-account on February 17. One view is to suspend protesting MPs and other is to let P Chidambaram to present it in the din.

Central ministers K Sambasiva Rao, D Purandeswari, K Chiranjeevi and Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy had rushed towards speaker Meira Kumar to join the other protesting MPs from Seemandhra.

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However, human resources development minister Pallam Raju justified the action and said the PM’s comments were not “fair”.

Chiranjeevi later blamed the government for the disruption, saying they only wanted “justice” for Seemandhra.

Some MPs from Seemandhra and Telangana nearly came to blows in the house. “It’s a matter of shame,” Kamal Nath said.

The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned following disruptions over Telangana.

First Published: Feb 12, 2014 14:24 IST