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Ansari clarifies: ‘Anarchists remark not aimed at anyone’

Ansari clarified that he used the expression not as an allegation against anybody

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 15, 2013 12:12:27 am

Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari’s “federation of anarchists” remark that he made on Tuesday amid the continuing din led to a discussion today in the Upper House with MPs divided over expunging it. While Opposition members urged the Chair to withdraw the word “anarchists”,the treasury benches and parties supporting the UPA government said members need to introspect their behaviour.

Ansari,however,clarified that he used the expression not as an allegation against anybody and said that he would ask the Rajya Sabha Secretariat “to review the remarks in light of the record they have”. The chairman also said time has come to review practices and rules and carry out changes as necessary. “I would like to convene a meeting of party leaders for a frank discussion on how rules need to be amended,” he added.

On Tuesday,the chairman observed,“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”.

This led to an uproar with MPs led by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley asking the chairman for unconditional withdrawal of the word.

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