In a rare move,the BJP has declared P C Chacko,among the panel of chairmen in the Lok Sabha,as persona non-grata. The party on Thursday decided to boycott the House when Chacko was in the chair and has conveyed its decision to Speaker Meira Kumar.
The reason for the decision was that Chacko did not stop Congress MP from Udhampur,Chaudhary Lal Singh,when he allegedly made some insulting remarks against Bellary MP J Shantha,who is sister of Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu.
BJP sources said an upset Shantha went to Leader of the Opposition in the House,Sushma Swaraj,and narrated the episode. In a debate on illegal mining,Singh provoked by frequent interruptions by Shantha taunted her of amassing illegal wealth besides asking her whether her money was involved in illegal mining.
Swaraj,along with Shantha,on Thursday met Kumar and complained against Chacko verbally. She informed him that the BJP would boycott the House when Chacko,Congress MP from Kerala,is in the chair.
Chacko was blatantly supporting the government during the debate on illegal mining. He showed a clear bias. He did not give protection to Shantha when Chaudhary Lal Singh through his words and gestures was insulting her, Swaraj said.
Swaraj said the party has made its stand clear to the Speaker and it was up to her to take a call now. It is up to the Speaker to decide whether Chacko should conduct the proceedings of the House again or remove him from the Chairmens panel, she said.
This is not the first time the BJP is venting its anger against the Chair. In 2006,the party had boycotted the House for an hour to protest against the then Speaker Somnath Chatterjees acts oppressing the Opposition.