Updated: August 12, 2015 1:34:37 pm
With the Congress-led opposition returning to the well of the House to resume their protest Tuesday, an exasperated Speaker asked Lok Sabha TV to show live footage of the “murder of democracy” and “let people know how irresponsible they are”.
“The whole of India is seeing you… I am requesting Lok Sabha TV to show all of them on TV. This is not the way to behave. All of you should come on TV. But I will not adjourn the House. I am sorry… This is murder of democracy. This is not democracy. 440 members want to talk and 40 members are not letting them. Let people know how irresponsible they are. The chair has no wish of being seen on TV. Let people watch them,” Sumitra Mahajan said.
Guidelines issued to Lok Sabha TV in 2010 stated that though “telecast of Lok Sabha proceedings should be a true reflection of what is happening in the House, including scenes of disorders like walkouts… on occasions of disorder in the House, when members are entering the well etc, camera shall focus on the occupant of the chair”. These instructions have since been followed in letter and spirit.
But when the opposition trooped into the well again Tuesday, the Speaker decided to change things. “Zaroor zaroor, yeh sab TV par dikhayein. Lok Sabha TV waley zaroor yeh sab TV par dikhayein. Logon ko dekhne do ki kis prakar ka vyavhar saansadon ka hai (All this must be shown on TV. Lok Sabha TV should show all this. People should see how parliamentarians behave),” she said.
As soon as she said this, Lok Sabha TV started beaming visuals that it had not shown throughout the session — of MPs protesting in the well, standing right next to the Speaker’s chair.
Earlier, when Congress members waved placards close to the Speaker’s chair, Parliamentary Affairs Ministry M Venkaiah Naidu attacked the Congress: “What is happening? 20 people cannot dictate to the entire House. Let action be taken. What kind of tamasha is this? They go to the Speaker’s house to protest and are now waving placards at the face of the Speaker.”
The Congress has stalled Parliament the entire session, saying the party will not let it function until External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, embroiled in controversies, step down from their posts.
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