Ansari ‘anarchist’ remark stalls RS,members want it withdrawn

After the Upper House started the day at 11 am,BJP members started shouting slogans on the land issue related to Robert Vadra

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 14, 2013 1:56 am

In the wake of disruptions in the Rajya Sabha,Chairman Hamid Ansari Tuesday questioned whether members wished the House becomes a “federation of anarchists” since rules and etiquette are being violated.

This led to protests and the House was adjourned till noon.

After the Upper House started the day at 11 am,BJP members started shouting slogans on the land issue related to Robert Vadra. BJP members were seeking a reply on allegation of irregularities in land deals in Haryana.

Congress members countered the BJP attack. TDP members wore shirts with slogan ‘Save Andhra Pradesh,Save Democracy’ in protest against carving out Telangana state.

As the noise continued,Ansari said,“Every single rule in the rule book,every single etiquette is being violated…If the Honourable members wish the House to become a federation of anarchists,then it is a different matter.”

The House was adjourned till noon. When the House resumed,Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley expressed displeasure over Ansari’s remark and demanded that the Chair withdraw it. Ansari was not present and Deputy Chairman P J Kurien was in the Chair.

“Please reconsider it,” Jaitley said,objecting to the use of the word ‘anarchist’.

The BJP leader said it is unparliamentary to call even one member an ‘anarchist’ and the Chair has described the House as ‘anarchist’.

Kurien reasoned that Ansari only raised a question as no member would wish the House to become a ‘federation of anarchists’. At this,Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla asked the Chair to “expunge” the remarks.

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