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Standoff over Sudip`s remark in Lok Sabha ends

A reprimand of Sudip Bandopadhyay by Speaker Meira Kumar today brought an end to the standoff in the Lok Sabha with CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia "closing the chapter" after Opposition appeals for adopting a `forgive and forget` attitude.



New Delhi: A reprimand of Sudip Bandopadhyay
by Speaker Meira Kumar today brought an end to the standoff in
the Lok Sabha with CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia "closing the
chapter" after Opposition appeals for adopting a `forgive and
forget` attitude.

Acharia declared that he was "closing this chapter" so
that normal proceedings can start and said he was doing it in
deference to the wishes of the leaders of various parties.

With Bandopadhyay remaining unmoved by the Left demands
for an unconditional apology, the way out was found with
Opposition leaders, ranging from Sushma Swaraj, Mulayam Singh
Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Gurudas Dasgupta, Arjun Charan Sethi and a
few others, making the appeal to Acharia.

Bandopadhyay had earlier earned the wrath of the Speaker
who disapproved of his "quite unbecoming" behaviour, making
the Trinamool Congress leader the first member to be
reprimanded in the current Lok Sabha.

Noting that Bandopadhyay used certain words while reacting
to some observations by Acharia, the Speaker said, "Those
words and the manner in which they were said were quite
unbecoming of a member of the House. I disapprove of such
conduct. I hope no member will again give an occasion for the
Chair to make such an observation."

Left members had stormed the well earlier in the day,
saying nothing short of an unconditional apology would
suffice.

Yesterday, an impromptu debate in the Lok Sabha on the
issue of motormen`s strike was capped by a clash between
Trinamool and Left members after Bandopadhyay apparently
hurled some expletives at Acharia.

Later, Bandopadhyay said he "fully accepts" the ruling of
the Speaker but insisted that he had not made any
unparliamentary remark. "If any of my comments are found
unparliamentary in the proceedings, I am willing to apologise
in the House," he said, amid support from Trinamool Congress
member and minister Dinesh Trivedi.

Besides, Bandopadhyay sought to attack the Left saying
nobody should try to "score" political points in the House. "I
need not be taught by anybody as to how to behave in
Parliament."

Earlier, Leader of the House and Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee sought to cool the tempers saying, "It is not that
sometimes these things do not happen ?-- tempers run high,
sometimes we lose our tempers. I myself have on a number of
occasions apologised to the House."

Mukherjee appealed to the House that the matter be treated
settled after the observations of the Speaker.

PTI

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