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New Low in Lok Sabha, Speaker Calls it 'Blot'

Pepper spray was used in the Lok Sabha resulting in hospitalisation of three MPs following a ruckus over introduction of the Telangana bill after which 18 seemandhra MPs were suspended.

Published: 13th February 2014 05:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2014 06:20 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

In a new low in India's parliamentary history, pepper spray was used in the Lok Sabha resulting in hospitalisation of three MPs following a ruckus over introduction of the Telangana bill after which 18 seemandhra MPs were suspended.      

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar expressed anguish over the incidents saying it has "shamed the country and Parliament and called it a "blot".

Unprecedented pandemonium broke out in the House when expelled Congress member L Rajagopal, an industrialist and opposed to the division of Andhra Pradesh, brought a canister from which he sprayed pepper.      

Three MPs--Vinay Kumar Pande, Ponnam Prabhakar and Balram Nai--suffered from suffocation, irritation in their eyes and heavy coughing following which they were taken to nearby Government Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for treatment.  They were later discharged.      Many other MPs were seen coming out of the House with watery eyes and were feeling suffocated.  Ambulances were pressed into service.      

Another anti-Telangana   member Venugopal Reddy (TDP) broke the mike of the House Secretary General and a computer screen was broken in the "well" as members from either side of the divide came to blows when Shinde stood up to introduce the bill for reorganisation of Andhra Pradesh.     

Rajya Sabha also witnessed Uproarious scenes  with members staging protests in the Well over Telangana statehood issue and a TDP member trying to snatch the mike of the Chair.    

In  the ruckus over the issue, TDP MP CM Ramesh tried to uproot the mike from the podium, the Chair adjourned the House till afternoon and finally for the day till Monday. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the bill has been introduced by him and it is now "the property of the House".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Law Minister Kapil Sibal also said that the bill has been tabled.    

Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sudip Bandyopadhyay earlier attacked Congress and the government for not listing the bill in today's list of business.     

"It is not even mentioned in the supplementary list of business of Lok Sabha. This is highly irregular. Most MPs were in the dark on the issue and Congress has made a mess of it," he said.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the bill has been introduced by him and it is now "the property of the House".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Law Minister Kapil Sibal also said that the bill has been tabled.

Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sudip Bandyopadhyay earlier attacked Congress and the government for not listing the bill in today's list of business. "It is not even mentioned in the supplementary list of business of Lok Sabha. This is highly irregular. Most MPs were in the dark on the issue and Congress has made a mess of it," he said.

Also read:

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Fisticuffs, Pepper Spraying Mark Tabling of T-bill in LS

18 Andhra MPs suspended from LS; Adjourned Till Monday 

TRS Condemns Pepper Spraying Incident, Demands Strong Action

AP Assembly Passes Two Bills; Adjourned Sine Die

MP Who Collapsed in Parliament Admitted to Hospital 



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