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BJP again disrupts Houses, wants PC out
Tribune News Service

P Chidambaram New Delhi, December 20
The BJP today disrupted proceedings in both Houses of Parliament demanding the resignation of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, forcing adjournment of the Upper House for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, Chidambaram defied the BJP boycott when he persisted with replying to questions pertaining to his ministry despite booing by the BJP members. Several BJP members were on their feet creating a din to prevent the Home Minister from being heard.

In today's list of business, the first two questions were listed against the Home ministerís name, No. 361 by Congress member Meenakshi Natrajan and No. 362 by her party colleague Manish Tiwari. Chidambaram replied to both, although nothing the minister stated was audible in the din.

Demanding Chidambaramís resignation, the BJP and the NDA had announced just before the winter session of Parliament their intent to boycott Chidambaram. But for the first two weeks the House failed to conduct any business.

Then last week when the House was returning to normal, the BJP had disrupted proceedings alleging that Chidambaram as Home Minister had tried to bail out his ex-client in a criminal case by recommending withdrawal of the case against him. Once when the question was restored, a Minister of State for Home replied.

Normalcy returned to Parliament only last week and this was perhaps the first occasion when the Home Ministry questions came up for replies. The BJP attempt to prevent the Home Ministry failed, though they continued to register their protest and create ruckus all through as Chidambaram was speaking. Significantly, the BJP members resumed their seats as soon as other ministers rose to reply to their questions. 

Sibal manages to introduce Copyright Bill

Amid uproar, Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal introduced in the Rajya Sabha the Copyright (Amendment) Bill. The Opposition had prevented Sibal from introducing the legislation, saying his lawyer-son represented Super Cassettes Industries Limited, a music company. The Bill seeks to amend the Copyright Act 1957 to fine-tune it with relevant international treaties and to introduce a system of statutory licensing to protect owners of literary or musical works. 

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