Rajya Sabha adjourned over Dinakaran issue

Updated on May 15, 2007 03:09 PM IST
Proceedings in the RS were disrupted after AIADMK members clashed with the treasury benches.
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IANS | By, New Delhi

Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were disrupted on Tuesday after AIADMK members clashed with the treasury benches while trying to raise the recent attack on the offices of Dinakaran and Sun TV in Chennai and Madurai.

As soon as Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan called out the name of AIADMK leader PG Narayan, Congress member V Narayansamy objected. But his voice was drowned in a howl of protests as members of AIADMK, Samajwadi Party and even some from the Bharatiya Janata Party insisted that Narayan be allowed to speak.

When Narayansamy insisted on being heard, an AIADMK member, Perumal, came to the centre of the house protesting loudly, though hardly anything was audible and he moved menacingly towards the treasury benches. However, his own party members, led by Narayan, persuaded him to return to his seat.

By this time Surface Transport minister TR Baalu, supported by his DMK party colleague Minister of State for Finance SS Palanimanickam were on their feet protesting at the Chair's decision to allow raising a state subject in the house, contrary to conventions.

Khan then said from the chair, "I can't help it the chairman has allowed him. Kindly allow him to complete his speech."

The AIADMK members were again near the speaker's podium. But by this time some Congress members including Narayansamy, Rajiv Shukla and JD Seelam rose in support of the DMK minister, objecting to a state law and order subject being raised in parliament.

A little while later Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachauri walked into the house and he too objected to the AIADMK members being allowed to raise a state subject.

Eventually when neither side relented, the deputy chairman adjourned the house till 2 pm.

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