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RS Chairman upset over `behaviour` of members

Upset over the "unbecoming behaviour" of some members, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday abruptly ended the Question Hour five minutes before schedule after Congress and BJP members clashed over an RTI issue.



New Delhi: Upset over the "unbecoming behaviour" of some members, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday abruptly ended the Question Hour five minutes before schedule after Congress and BJP members clashed over an RTI issue.

Trouble began when Alka Balram Kshatriya (Cong) said the Right to Information Act is not being properly implemented in BJP-ruled Gujarat and referred to the arrest of a BJP MP`s kin in RTI activist Amit Jethwa murder case.

Soon, members from BJP were on their feet accusing the Congress member of raising non-related issues.

When Kshatriya insisted on her right to ask the question, BJP members including the party`s Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia and Ravi Shankar Prasad objected strongly.

All the while, Congress members Prabha Thakur, Viplove Thakur and Mabel Rebello kept standing in support of Kshatriya and countering the BJP members and further clarifications could not be sought.

As the din continued, an angry Ansari ended the Question Hour.

When some members wanted to know why the Question Hour was being curtailed, Ansari said he was doing so because of the rumpus created by the "unbecoming behaviour" of some senior members.

PTI

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