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UPSC protests hit Parliament

Speaker chides Scindia for disruptions; RJD’s Pappu Yadav tears up newspaper.

Sumitra Mahajan
Sumitra Mahajan

Both Houses of Parliament Friday witnessed stormy scenes over various issues, with Rajya Sabha witnessing an Opposition walkout over the UPSC row and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan snapping at Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia and RJD’s Pappu Yadav for repeated disruptions.

“If you think of giving suggestions to me all the time, you may like to elect a new Speaker,” Mahajan told Scindia, Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha, who wanted to give “suggestions” to her following the ruckus.

The House also witnessed an agitated Yadav storming the Well waving a Hindi newspaper, and later tearing it up before throwing the pieces in front of the Speaker’s dais. He was demanding a statement from the government over the UPSC language issue.

Yadav, during Zero Hour, insisted that he be allowed to speak. However, the Speaker chided him saying his behaviour was not proper and forced him to apologise, not once but twice.

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“Sometimes I have to cross the limit of decorum to raise issues of national concern,” Yadav said. As Yadav said he was a five-time member and had not come to the House “at somebody’s mercy”, Mahajan said, “Then you should have been aware of the rules.”

Mahajan’s rebuke to Scindia forced him and other agitating members to take their seats. The Congress was protesting over Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on the landslide in Pune.

Mahajan had read out the concerned rule after Leader of the Congress in the House Mallikarjun Kharge and several others wanted to seek clarifications from Singh.

The Rajya Sabha too remained disrupted with three adjournments and a walkout during the morning session as the government failed to make a statement to the satisfaction of the Opposition on the UPSC issue.

Members from Congress, CPM and SP among others demanded that the government honour its commitment to make a statement in the House after seven days on the ongoing agitation by UPSC aspirants and police police “atrocities” on students.