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Repeated adjournments in Rajya Sabha over Agusta Westland chopper deal

The naming of Sonia Gandhi led the Congress members to angrily storm into the Well of the House

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2016 10:00 pm
sonia gandhi, subramaniam swamy, augusta westland, finmeccanica, chopper deal, congress, rajya sabha live, parliament live, BJP, lok sabha Subramaniam Swamy (left) linked Sonia Gandhi to the Agusta Westland chopper deal in the Rajya Sabha

Angry exchanges between opposition Congress and ruling BJP members over Subramaniam Swamy seeking to drag Sonia Gandhi’s name in the controversial AgustaWestland helicopter contract bribery case led to two adjournments of the Rajya Sabha in the pre-noon session.

However, Gandhi’s name was later expunged by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

Swamy had raised the issue through a zero hour notice, his first intervention since he took oath in the House yesterday, and referred to the allegations made by Christian Micheal, the middleman in the scandal, through a letter in the High Court of Italy.

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The naming of Gandhi led the Congress members to angrily storm into the Well, with a handful even moving closer to the treasury benches menacingly. Members of the treasury benches too got up on their seats to counter the opposition.

Fearing an ugly showdown, a couple of marshalls too stepped into the Well to act as a wall between the opposition and the ruling side.

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Before things got out of hand, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

When the House reassembled, Kurien expunged Swamy’s reference to Gandhi saying he should not name a member who cannot come and defend himself or herself.

“I am not admonishing you as this is your first speech in the House” after being nominated to the Upper House. “But the name is expunged,” Kurien said.

This did not satisfy the Congress members who were in the Well again shouting slogans against Swamy.

Kurien said though it was Swamy’s first day today after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha, “you have been member of this House before and you should know that the name of a member of the other House cannot be taken here”.

As Congress members continued to raise slogans from the Well, the Deputy Chairman again adjourned the House till noon.

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    Loveindra Chadha
    Apr 27, 2016 at 9:19 am
    Is the name of Signora hi in a court of law in a foreign land is enough to convict a person by courts in India. These are matters which can not be understood so easily. I am not a lawyer but know a little of it. I would request all readers of your paper to let us talk a gentleman's language. Ms Sonia hi is not related to me. And a majority feel that she is still a foreigner. Let it be let the law take it's own course. I would want all those guilty to be punished by courts. Let the Govt take charge of all such cases
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      Loveindra Chadha
      Apr 27, 2016 at 8:01 am
      There are so many insinuation of personal corruption against Sonia hi and her family. Now that Swamy is in the Rajya Sabha, it is going to increase with hi baiters like Smriti Irani, and the likes of her, why such issues are brought only in Parliament, after so many years of accusation and so much material available with them, the entire Govt machinery behind them why no case has been proved, no charges filed against any of the hi family. Personally I would be happy if atleast one of the family is proved guilty in a court of law and is jailed. So much wealth has been looted why no action is taken, If people do not have any proof then why waste time in Parliament, do your home work go straight to the courts and charge sheet them, otherwise stop this nonsense
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        rameshnk
        Apr 27, 2016 at 8:37 am
        Do you need any more than an Italian court making mention of Signora hi.??? You fool???
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          rameshnk
          Apr 27, 2016 at 8:36 am
          Mr.Kurien is a Congress man. He is chairman of RS. I donnot know how he will be able tio discipline these unruly Scamgressis. The scamgressis should be thrown out of RS.
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            Shuchit
            Apr 27, 2016 at 7:59 am
            Congress need chota bheem for rescue :)))))))))))))
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