New Delhi, May 5 (PTI): The Lok Sabha was adjourned twice on Tuesday amid protests by Telangana Rashtra Samithi members demanding immediate creation of a High Court for the new state of Telangana, even as the government said the matter is pending before a court.
As the House met for the day, the members started protesting and trooped into the well with placards.
Amid the ruckus, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked the agitating members to go back to their seats and stop showing placards.
”Please don't show all these things (placards)... They are not allowed,” Mahajan said and also cautioned that action could be taken against the members.
With the protests continuing, the House was adjourned during Question Hour, first for ten minutes and then again for 30 minutes till noon.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the government was in favour of setting up a High Court for Telangana but the matter was pending before the court.
”The government is in favour of a separate High Court for Telangana but a case is going on...,” he said.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, which created Telangana, has a provision for a separate High Court in that state.
In the Rajya Sabha, the Opposition, led by the Congress, forced two adjournments demanding discussion over the death of a teenaged girl in Moga, Punjab.
The girl was allegedly molested and thrown off a moving bus. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s family owns the company that runs the bus.
When the House met for the day, Ambika Soni (Congress) raised the issue saying there was a complete breakdown of law and order in Punjab, necessitating Centre's intervention.
Other parties including the Left joined in the protest, with Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaj Party demanding imposition of President's rule in the state.
The demand for a discussion on the issue was strongly opposed by Akali Dal members, forcing Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien to adjourn the House for 10 minutes. Opposition continued to vociferously press their demand when the House reassembled, forcing another adjournment till noon.
Soni said the situation in Punjab merits direct intervention of the Centre as law and order has broken down.
Anand Sharma (Cong) said this was a very serious issue and the House should condemn the incident.
Kurien said no notice on the subject has been given. “I am not saying anything about merit of what you are saying. All I have said is please give notice.”
Sitaram Yechury of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said the chair should allow some matter that has come up so urgently. “Because of the importance of the incident, please allow us to discuss,” he said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of the Opposition, said the matter needed to be discussed as the bus belonged to a company run by senior government functionary.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the state government had taken immediate action against the culprits and it was not proper to discuss the working of state governments in the House.
”If you want to discuss various issues, give a notice,” he said.
Kurien said he has two notices for suspension of business under rule 267 on separate issues and wants to dispose of them first.
Soon after the notices were disallowed after the movers spoke briefly, Opposition members were again on their feet raising the Moga incident.
Mayawati (BSP) said no action has been taken against the real culprits. “Life and property of women in Punjab is in danger... President's rule should be imposed,” she said.
Kurien however insisted that a notice be given seeking a discussion on the issue. But opposition members were unrelenting and moved into the aisles shouting slogans, forcing adjournment.