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TMC disrupts Question Hour in Parliament, Kalyan says sorry for comment on Speaker

New Delhi, Jul 9 (PTI) : Angry protests by Trinamul Congress over the Railway budget disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha for the second day on Wednesday and spread to the Rajya Sabha, with Parliament failing to transact business in the Question Hour.

Later, Kalyan Banerjee of the Trinamul apologised in the Lok Sabha over his objectionable remarks against Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. He had, among other things, told her that she is not the Speaker of the Bharatiya Janata Party or of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, TMC members led by Kalyan Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee trooped into the Well shouting slogans demanding “justice” for West Bengal in the Rail budget and condemning alleged attack on a woman party MP on Tuesday.

“We condemn undemocratic attack on opposition MPs in Lok Sabha by ruling party, 'Railway budget main Bengal ka hissa kya huwa' (what happened to Bengal's share in Rail budget), 'Mehangai hatao, desh bachao' (end price rise, save the country),” read some of the placards.

When Speaker Mahajan objected to display of placards inside the House and warned the protesting members not to force her to be tough as carrying placards was not allowed.

“I am warning you not to carry placards. Go back to your seats. Do not force me to be tough. You can raise whatever issue you want during the debate on Rail budget,” Mahajan told the agitating members.

She also said all MPs regularly get bulletins that clearly mention placards are not allowed inside the House.

TMC members, however, did not relent and continued with sloganeering, carrying the placards all the while.

“Prime Minister hai, hai”, “Parliament par BJP ki goonda gardi nahi chalegi (we will not allow BJP's bullying tactics in Parliament)”, “Prime Minister jawab do (PM give us reply)” and “Mamata Banerjee Zindabad” were some of the slogans which the TMC members kept shouting during the protests.

Some Kerala MPs were also in the Well protesting against alleged discrimination against their state in the Rail budget.

Then, Kalyan Banerjee made some objectionable remarks targeting the Speaker, like “you are not Speaker of BJP, you are not Speaker of Narendra Modi”>

The entire ruling coalition stood up and strongly protested against the comments leading to adjournment of the House till noon.

Noisy scenes were also witnessed in the Rajya Sabha after opposition parties including Congress and TMC protested the ugly episode that had unfolded in the Lower House on Tuesday and the alleged leak of rail budget papers, leading to the adjournment of the House twice during the Question Hour.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, TMC members led by Derek O' Brien raised the spat between TMC and BJP members in Lok Sabha, saying they deplored the incident.

The members continued to raise their voice but nothing was audible in the din.

Congress members on the other hand alleged that the Rail budget was leaked even before it was presented and displayed a newspaper clipping.

Members of other parties were also seen on their feet.

Though the Chair ruled that their notices were being examined and that the House be allowed to take up questions, the members did not relent. The House was first adjourned for 15 minutes and then till noon.

Earlier, two new members - Prabhakar Kore and D Kupendra Reddy - took oath.


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