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‘House should be shut indefinitely’

Furious over unruly MPs crippling business in the Lok Sabha,Speaker Somnath Chatterjee...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2009 11:59:36 pm

Furious over unruly MPs crippling business in the Lok Sabha,Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Thursday said that they did not deserve any of the public money spent on them and that Parliament should be shut indefinitely.

“You do not deserve one paisa of public money,” Chatterjee told the MPs as they rushed into the well,raising loud slogans against the Government on several issues. “I think Parliament should be adjourned sine die… public money should not be spent on useless allowances for you.”

The Speaker,who has never minced words in criticising unruly MPs in the past,added: “You are behaving in the most condemnable manner… I express my greatest annoyance and condemnation.”

Chatterjee wished the people would give a “fit verdict” in the polls. He then adjourned the House for an hour.

The Speaker’s angry words came as members of the BSP,BJP,TDP,PMK,MDMK and RPI simultaneously raised slogans against the Government,though on different issues,during the Question Hour.

The BSP members,supported by the BJP,accused the UPA of having an “anti-Dalit” attitude,and alleged that the ruling coalition wanted to abolish reservations through the SC and ST (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill,passed by the Rajya Sabha earlier. On the other hand,PMK and MDMK members demanded an end to the war in Sri Lanka. The TDP were agitated about the Satyam issue.

When the House re-assembled,members from the BSP,MDMK and the PMK resumed their protest. Chatterjee said the bill dealing with reservations was not listed and therefore,they could take it up later.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi stated that certain clauses of the bill (which had generated controversy) would be removed. But it was not enough to calm the BSP members,who walked out of the House.

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