Chidambaram faces oppn ire in RS

Continuing its boycott of Home Minister P Chidambaram, opposition BJP and AIADMK on Wedesday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha.

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 14:12 PM IST

New Delhi: Continuing its boycott of Home
Minister P Chidambaram, opposition BJP and AIADMK on Wedesday
created ruckus in Rajya Sabha whenever the minister rose to
answer queries put to him during the Question Hour.

"Chidambaram istifa do (Chidambaram quit)," they shouted,
demanding the Home Minister`s resignation for his alleged role
in irregularities in allotment of 2G telecom spectrum when he
was the Finance Minister.

When he rose to reply to supplementaries on stampede at a
Yagyna in Haridwar last month, BJP members were up on their
feet shouting slogans against him.

R N Pany (BJP) rushed to the Well shouting slogan,
"Bhrashtachar nahi chalega, istifa do (corruption will not be
tolerated, submit resignation." He was, however, stopped by
his party colleagues and was asked to take his seat.

Not satisfied with minister`s reply, two BSP members
including Naresh Agarwal staged a walk out. Agarwal had sought
to know whether the government was proposing any law to
release prisoners above the age of 70.

Unfazed by the protests, Chidambaram gave replies to all
the supplementaries but he was barely audible.

Chairman Hamid Ansari said he was "perplexed" by the
"effort of a section of the House to disturb the Question
Hour" and asked if the House wanted to continue with the
Question Hour.

Gyan Prakash Pilani (BJP) refused to ask a supplementary
when called for saying he was "bound" by certain decisions of
his party.

The opposition resorted to slogan-shouting when another
question relating to rising crimes against minorities was put
to Chidambaram. Similar scenes were witnessed when the next
question on deaths in police and judicial custody came up.

PTI