Angry Speaker adjourns Lok Sabha till noon

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:21

New Delhi: Angered over unruly behaviour of
some members on the farmers` issue, Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday adjourned the Lok Sabha till noon.

Soon after she had called for Question Hour, TDP members
rushed to the Well demanding better Minimum Support Price for
cotton farmers. Members of Left parties also supported them by
raising slogans.

The slogan shouting continued for sometime as the Speaker
went ahead with the Question Hour. When the protests became
shrill, Kumar stood up and asked members to return to their
seats and show some courtesy to the Chair.

"Don`t you have any Parliamentary courtesy left? You stand
and I will also stand," she said.

TDP and Left members continued to raise their demand
vociferously, which also led to some heated exchanges between
them and some Congress members.

The TDP and Left members were demanding setting up of a
Joint Parliamentary Committee on farmers` issue as suggested
by the government in the Rajya Sabha.

Attempts by Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal and
Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy to pacify TDP members
did no good.

The Speaker`s repeated appeals to agitating members to
give notice to speak on the issue did not get any response.

"Go and sit. Observe courtesy. Speaker is standing," she
said.

In the melee, Bansal was heard saying 66 per cent of the
total time of the House was lost due to disruptions.

"Today is the last day of Question Hour. I am very sorry
to adjourn the House till 12:00 hours," said an angry Speaker,
who was on her feet for over 10 minutes trying to restore
order.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:21

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