Lankan MPs in LS; AIADMK members raise slogans

The plight of Sri Lankan Tamils on Monday found an echo in the Lok Sabha with AIADMK members seeking to embarrass a visiting Lankan Parliamentary delegation by raising slogans which was denounced by Speaker Meira Kumar.

Updated: Aug 01, 2011, 12:44 PM IST

New Delhi: The plight of Sri Lankan Tamils
on Monday found an echo in the Lok Sabha with AIADMK members
seeking to embarrass a visiting Lankan Parliamentary
delegation by raising slogans which was denounced by Speaker
Meira Kumar.

AIADMK members led by M Thambidurai were on their feet
raising slogans on the plight of Lankan Tamils as Kumar
introduced the visitors led by Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker
Chamal Rajapaksa.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta asked Thambidurai to take
his seat.

"They have come at our invitation and you must honour and
respect them," Kumar told the protesting members sternly.

As the Speaker wished the visiting delegation a pleasant
stay in the country, the entire House thumped their desks
vigorously so as to drown feeble cries of `shame, shame`
from some AIADMK members.

The visiting delegation also witnessed the proceedings of
the Rajya Sabha.

PTI