President Patil`s speech marred by disruptions

Disruptions marred President Pratibha Patil`s Address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Monday.

New Delhi: Disruptions on issues like
Telangana, atrocities on Sri Lankan Tamils, sub-quota for
minorities, and shortage of fertilisers today marred President
Pratibha Patil`s Address to the joint sitting of Parliament.

MPs raised slogans to press their demands during Patil`s
last Address to Parliament before she completes her term in

Even Congress members from Andhra Pradesh, who are
demanding Telangana statehood, disrupted her speech by raising slogans of "Jai Telangana".

Ironically, while Patil appealed to the members to work
together "in a spirit of constructive cooperation" to
discharge business in the two Houses of Parliament in this
session, her own speech was disrupted five times.

Even before Patil began her speech, DMK members were on
their feet asking the government whether it would support a US resolution to be moved in the UN against the Sri Lankan
government for allegedly committing atrocities against Tamils living in that country when the war against LTTE was nearing its end.

Towards the end of Patil`s Address, the same issue was
flagged by AIADMK member V Maitreyan. Patil waved at him
asking him to take his seat.

A reference by Patil to her government`s recent decision
to provide 4.5 per cent sub-quota within the OBC quota for
minorities also led to protests. Hukmadev Narayan Yadav (BJP) was on his feet to protest, saying the right of OBCs will be affected.

When Patil enumerated the steps being taken to increase
fertiliser production, JD-U member from Jehanabad Jagdish
Sharma alleged that farmers were not getting fertiliser.