A VISITOR on Friday tried to jump into the Lok Sabha from the visitor’s gallery after the proceedings of the lower House of Parliament were adjourned following protests by the Opposition parties over the demonetisation issue. Security personnel caught hold of Rakesh Baghel while his right foot was dangling over the wooden railing across the edge of the gallery. Baghel, who is from Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, had made it to the gallery on a pass issued on BJP MP Bhola Singh’s recommendation. He wanted to register his protest against the disruption of Parliament proceedings, it is learnt.
“He had approached my PA through someone he knew and asked for a pass,’’ Singh told The Indian Express. “We get a number of such requests every day and we usually give them (passes) without any hesitation. This boy, who approached my PA for the pass, is a regular visitor to Delhi.’’
Baghel was caught, lifted and evicted while other visitors were then guided out of the gallery, which is right opposite the press enclosure. He would have landed on the Treasury benches had he succeeded in his attempt.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan proposed that Baghel be let off with a warning after the House met again. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar endorsed her view. No one opposed it.
Baghel was later let off after the local police, Intelligence Bureau and Special Cell officers interrogated him.
He reportedly told the police that he wanted to express his opinion and that he was just shouting. Baghel insisted that he did not try to jump.
The Speaker had left while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not in the House when the attempt was made.