New Delhi: Parliament House may be an intensely-fortified complex but MPs there are vulnerable to mosquito bites.
Members in Rajya Sabha today complained that mosquitoes are troubling them inside the House in the evening hours and sought remedial measures like fumigation.
The issue was raised by Bollywood actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan while she was participating in a discussion on General Budget.
"Sir, there is complaint... There are mosquitoes in the House after 6 pm when the House is extended. There should be fumigation," the Samajwadi Party member said.
To this, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said it was a good suggestion and measures will be taken in this regard.
Before the matter could settle down, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla joined Bachchan and told the Chair: "It is hurting us, sir."
In lighter vein, she added, "We all come here after getting elected but mosquitoes come just like that into the House!"
She said the Chair should protect the members from mosquitos.
IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad then added while addressing the Chair, "You are the protector of the House, now you have to protect the members from mosquitoes as well."
As members enjoyed the lighter moment in the midst of Budget debate, the Chair said the issue will be addressed.