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Pranab apologises to Lok Sabha for losing temper

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today apologised to the Lok Sabha for losing his temper when a TDP member made some remarks while protesting the construction of Babhli barrage.



New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
today apologised to the Lok Sabha for losing his temper when a
TDP member made some remarks while protesting the construction
of Babhli barrage.

"Madam Speaker, first of all I would like to express my
regret and apology because I lost my cool and temper with one
of my young colleagues, which I should not have done. But
nonetheless, it has happened on the floor of the House. I
sincerely apologise to the House," Mukherjee said.

His apology came soon after TDP leader Namo Nageshwar Rao
expressed regrets over heated exchanges in the House as he and
his party colleagues stormed the well.

Rao said Mukherjee was "a very senior leader and therefore
whatever has happened, we are sorry".

Rao expressed regret when the House reassembled after two
adjournments on the Babhli issue, one of which occurred after
TDP members trooped into the well and had heated arguments
with Mukherjee.

The House was shocked when an agitated TDP member N
Sivaprasad, questioned as to why his party should stick to
rules. Speaker Meira Kumar, as also Leader of the Opposition
Sushma Swaraj, tried to pacify the protesting members.

As the House was adjourned by the Speaker, a visibly upset
Mukherjee was heard lamenting that some members were bringing
disgrace to the House. He was sought to be calmed by Swaraj as
also BJP Deputy Leader Gopinath Munde.

PTI

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