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Speaker: I think Parliament should be adjourned permanently...
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19
“I think the Parliament should be adjourned permanently. Useless allowances should not be given to you. You don’t deserve a paisa,” was the desperate reaction of the Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today, after members ignored his repeated pleas to restore order in the House, and forced the adjournment of the question hour.

Mukherjee waited for 15 minutes for tempers to cool down, but eventually adjourned the proceedings at 11.55 am after reprimanding the MPs. “I express my greatest disappointment of your behaviour. You are taking the House for granted. I hope the country is watching this Parliament,” the Speaker said, as UPA allies PMK and DMK stormed the well of the Lok Sabha, shouting slogans and demanding the withdrawal of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s statement on the ethnic strife in Sri Lanka, made yesterday.

Labelling the statement as “irresponsible” and against the spirit of the President’s address, they asked for a permanent ceasefire.

On the other side of the well, BSP and BJP created ruckus over a bill yet to be introduced in the House. Their objection was to the proposed SC/ST (Posts and Services) Reservation Bill 2009 which exempts 47 institutes of national importance from making SC/ST reservation in their faculties. “Anti-Dalit government will not be tolerated,” shouted BSP members led by Iliyas Azmi, who was voicing his chief Mayawati’s aspirations in the House. She had demanded the withdrawal of the said bill yesterday. BSP’s slogan-shouting was well-matched by the BJP, which also jumped into the fray lest political mileage was lost. As uproar mounted, a helpless Speaker kept shouting in vain: “Let the bill come to the house. You can oppose it then.” But that was no deterrent for MPs, who kept addressing their constituencies while important business was kept on hold. When the House met post adjournment, deputy speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal allowed PMK chief M Ramadass to make his point on the issue.

“We want the government to take back its one-sided statement which speaks for Sri Lanka. It is contrary to the President’s address which called upon the LTTE to surrender arms. We want the government to consult all stakeholders before issuing the statement in this matter,” Ramadass said. Even after M Ramadass had spoken, the PMK and other Tamil parties did not relent, preventing discussion on the crucial Rs 9,000 crore Jharkhand budget and the resolution on President’s Rule in the state moved by MoS Home Shakeel Ahmad. Both were passed without discussion.

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