New Delhi, March 22: The Rajya Sabha witnessed emotional violent scenes Friday before it went on a recess as agitating members from the DMK and AIADMK turned emotional, breaking the chairperson’s mike.
The upper house met at 2.30 p.m. after two adjournments. Members from DMK and AIADMK, who were protesting over the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils, trooped near the chairperson’s podium.
Contending that the anti-Sri Lanka resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council was not strong enough, they accused the government of not doing enough.
Renuka Choudhary, who was presiding over the house, pleaded with the members to go back to their seats. When she refused to adjourn the house, some members snatched and tore papers from the chairperson’s podium.
The chair still continued the proceedings, after which V. Maitreyan of the AIADMK broke the microphone at the chairpersons’ podium.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who was making a statement on the return of Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, looked visibly shocked at the incident.
The trouble did not end even after Chowdhury adjourned the House as she made certain remarks against the protesting members, adding fuel to the fire.
Infuriated DMK members, including Tiruchi Siva, Selvaganapathi and Vasanthy Stanley strongly protested her remarks, terming them as unparliamentary.
The DMK members also threatened that they will not allow Chowdhury to occupy the Chair in future. “You cannot treat us like animals,” they shouted back.
Though Chowdhury left the House, Congress members Ambika Soni, Jairam Ramesh and R P N Singh and some senior members, including those from the opposition, had to intervene to placate the DMK members.
Chowdhury had to later apologise to them to resolve the matter.
DMK member Siva got so agitated that he required medical aid and an ambulance was called as a standby.
Earlier, the upper house was adjourned twice over the same issue. The first adjournment came soon after it met at 11 a.m., when Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till noon. At noon it was adjourned again till 2.30 p.m.