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Mayawati stuns Ansari: why is House not allowed to function after noon?

New Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI): Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati stunned the Rajya Sabha with an outburst against Chairman Hamid Ansari over its frequent disruptions, alleging that he is often absent after noon.

Mayawati, agitated over the delay in consideration of a Bill for providing quota for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in government job promotions, targeted Ansari over the disorder in the House over the past few days.

In the Lok Sabha, BSP members paralysed proceedings by demanding a clarification on coal block allocation.

Mayawati's outburst in the Upper House came at around 11:30am when Question Hour was in progress and Commerce and Textile Minister Anand Sharma was replying to queries.

She, along with her party colleagues, rushed into the House and started venting her ire even before taking her seat.

“We have seen in the last few days that every day the House is not allowed to function after 12 PM. You are Chairman of the House. It is your responsibility to ensure that it functions,” the BSP supremo said addressing Ansari.

The Chairman tried to pacify her but she was unrelenting as she said, “I am not ready to listen to anything...Who will ensure that the House functions?”

She insisted that the House should run in order. “You are not seen here after 12pm... What kind of House is this?”

A visibly shocked Ansari said it was the responsibility of everyone to ensure smooth functioning of the House. “You are a senior leader...the House is run with the cooperation with everyone. The House is running right now. You please allow the House to run,” he told Mayawati.

However, she did not relent and her party colleagues started shouting slogans against the government like 'dalit virodhi ye sarkar nahi chalegi' (anti-dalit government is not acceptable).

Ansari then adjourned the House till noon.

In parliamentary tradition, a member never questions the Chair on the conduct of the House.

When the House reassembled, BSP members again trooped into the Well shouting slogans.

As the din continued, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for another 30 minutes till 12:30 PM. Similar scenes were witnessed when House met again, forcing Kurien to adjourn it for the day.