NEW DELHI: Noisy scenes were again witnessed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday as Congress MPs continued their protests in the House. The situation had threatened to turn ugly in the House as the ruling party MPs also stormed the Well of the House to prevent the Congress MPs from coming to their side.
The BJP MPs, including minister Uma Bharti, expressed their annoyance at the Congress members tearing papers and throwing it at Deputy Speaker Thambidurai when he was in the Chair. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too expressed her anguish at Congress’ continued loud protests. She told them to behave and said 44 MPs could not hold the other 440 MPs to ransom.
“Let people know how irresponsible they are. The Chair has no wish of being seen on the TV. Let people watch them (the unruly MPs),” Mahajan said as she directed the Lok Sabha TV to show the protesting MPs.
“Show them on TV. I am requesting the Lok Sabha TV. This is not the way. I won’t adjourn the House... Let people see what kind of behaviour they are showing. Let whole of India watch. 40 people are hijacking the rights of 440 members,” Mahajan added.
As Speaker insisted on continuing with the proceedings of the House amidst din, the Congress tried to stall any discussion.
During the post-lunch session, as the presiding officer tried to go ahead with the business, some Congress members tore papers and threw them towards the Deputy Speaker, who adjourned the House.
When the House assembled at 3.30 pm, he Congress members continued with the protests. This led to Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, BJP MPs Jagdambika Pal, Kirron Kher, Brijkishore Singh and other MPs too came to the Well. The Speaker adjourned the House again for 20 minutes.
When the Lok Sabha again assembled at 4 pm, the BJP MPs too were in the Well to thwart the attempts of the Congress MPs to come to their side.
The BJP MPs formed a Wall, which Congress MP like Ravneet Bittu tried to cross. As the matter appeared to escalate, Venkaiah Naidu was seen signalling the MPs to return to their seats. The BJP MPs were taken to their seats by some senior leaders.