Telangana crisis: Speaker Meira Kumar deplores pepper spraying incident in LS

Unprecedented pandemonium marked by fisticuffs, pepper spraying and breaking of mike was witnessed in Lok Sabha as the government moved the bill.

New Delhi | Published:February 13, 2014 2:58 pm
Our parliamentary democracy is admired throughout the world. Today what has happened is a blot on democracy, said Meira Kumar. (PTI) Our parliamentary democracy is admired throughout the world. Today what has happened is a blot on democracy, said Meira Kumar. (PTI)

Deploring the pepper spraying incident that led to pandemonium in Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday said it has “shamed” Indian democracy in the eyes of the world.

“This has shamed us…This has shamed us. Our parliamentary democracy is admired throughout the world. Today what has happened is a blot (on democracy),” she said.

Kumar said she will hold consultations with the leaders on what action is required to be taken against those involved in the fracas inside the Lower House after the government introduced the controversial Telangana bill.

“I am going to have consultations on what is to be done,” she said.

Unprecedented pandemonium marked by fisticuffs, pepper spraying and breaking of mike was witnessed in Lok Sabha as the government moved the bill.

Hell broke loose in the House with members feeling suffocated and were seen coughing after expelled Congress MP L Rajagopal used pepper spray in a bid to prevent introduction of the bill that provides for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The spray was used in the Well of the House as Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde introduced the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill amid vociferous protests by members from Seemandhra region.

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    harinath
    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:52 am
    Yes you can deplore use of pepper spray but cannot deplore the division of a state.So you divide our State and want our votes Congress, BJP and TDP? You pull a dagger through the heart of my state and cut it where its over 80% people do not want. You don't even want to take a fair vote from its people on split but would want to still pull the dagger for votes. And you want our votes - do we look like donkeys???
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    harinath
    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:52 am
    Yes you can deplore use of pepper spray but cannot deplore the division of a state.So you divide our State and want our votes Congress, BJP and TDP? You pull a dagger through the heart of my state and cut it where its over 80% people do not want. You don't even want to take a fair vote from its people on split but would want to still pull the dagger for votes. And you want our votes - do we look like donkeys???
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    harinath
    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:54 am
    You deplore the use of pepper spray but cannot deplore the split of a state and its people? So you divide our State and want our votes Congress, BJP and TDP? You pull a dagger through the heart of my state and cut it where its over 80% people do not want. You don't even want to take a fair vote from its people on split but would want to still pull the dagger for votes. And you want our votes - do we look like donkeys???
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    Raj
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:06 am
    Members of the parliament say parliament is supreme. They have proved it at the well of the house. Except them no one else can show disrespect to the parliament.
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    Raj
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:06 am
    Members of the parliament say parliament is supreme. They have proved it at the well of the house. Except them no one else can show disrespect to the parliament.
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