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Updated: December 9, 2011 01:01 IST

House back in uproar mode, now for Chidambaram's resignation

    Aarti Dhar
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IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram coming out of his office in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
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IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram coming out of his office in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Parliament proceedings were again disrupted on Thursday with the Opposition demanding the resignation of Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his alleged role in the controversial 2G spectrum allocations.

Trouble in both Houses began after the CBI special court hearing the 2G case allowed Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy to depose as witness and lend further evidence in support of his private complaint against the Home Minister. Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance created uproar in both Houses, seeking Mr. Chidambaram's resignation.

The Lok Sabha could not conduct any business as the protests began right from the moment the House assembled, with the NDA demanding Mr. Chidambaram's resignation and AIADMK members demanding a discussion on the Mullaperiyar dam. This led to the first adjournment, taking a toll on question hour.

In the Rajya Sabha, the NDA members created uproar towards the end of question hour, prompting Chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn the House for 10 minutes till noon and then again till 2 p.m.

As soon as Speaker Meira Kumar called for question hour, the NDA members were on their feet, demanding the resignation of Mr. Chidambaram. DMK member T.R. Baalu was heard demanding a discussion on the Mullaperiyar dam issue while some other members trooped into the Well and raised slogans. With unruly scenes continuing, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed when the House met again at 12 noon. After papers were laid and Communist Party of India member Gurudas Dasgupta was asked to initiate the discussion on price rise, the NDA members started shouting and demanded that Mr. Chidambaram step down.

The Speaker tried to pacify the members, saying the House wanted to take up the discussion on price rise for a long time and they should cooperate. However, the NDA members continued to raise slogans, while MPs from Tamil Nadu walked into the Well to press their demand on the Mullaperiyar dam issue. The Speaker then adjourned the House till 2 p.m.

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi later told journalists that since the special court had taken note of Dr. Swamy's complaint. there should be a probe. “In this situation, Mr. Chidambaram should submit his resignation on his own, or else the Prime Minister should sack him,” he said.

In the Rajya Sabha, the NDA members disrupted proceedings at the fag end of the question hour. The House functioned for about 50 minutes when BJP members M. Venkaiah Naidu and S.S. Ahluwalia suddenly stood up to raise the matter. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House then.

Disallowing them, Mr. Ansari said, “this is wrong,” and adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

As the House reassembled, unruly scenes were witnessed when several members of the NDA, the AIADMK and the Left were on their feet. Many BJP members trooped into the well, demanding Mr. Chidambaram's resignation. The AIADMK members too walked into the well raising slogans that were not audible in the pandemonium, following which the chair ordered tabling of papers and reports and adjourned the House till 2 p.m.

Earlier both Houses paid rich tributes to legendary film actor Dev Anand, who passed away in London on December 3.

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There is a widespread feeling that Mr A Raja could not have gone that far in the scam without the approval of either the PM or the then FM. Mr Raja has himself demanded during the proceedings that both the PM & the then FM must be summoned by the Court. Added to all this, Dr Swamy has also been very vocal & consistently alleged the very active involvement of Mr PC. The Court has now asked Dr Swamy to present details. When the case is in such an advanced stage, it is unfortunate that both the Congress & BJP have gone public for or against Mr PC. One can even condone the utterings of Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad; but the manner in which Mr Sibal has tried to rescue, protect & support Mr Chidambaram in today's press conference is clearly an attempt to influence the proceedings. He has projected as if Mr PC is the holiest Congressman, incapable of doing anything anti-national. Mr Sibal's statement today is quite unwarranted. The Court must sternly caution against such attempts by Govt.

from:  SR Sankaran
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 22:23 IST

I am not defending PC.,but it is inappropriate on the part of the
opposition.....the case is still going on, in the court., and things are
not so very clear. He has in neumerous occasions showed his authority
and courage in maintaining the office wherever and whenever he was
entrusted. I think the opposition has to weigh a persons character and
personality too before making a major demand. I think he is one of a
very few Politicians on whom we can be proud of when the question of
discharging the duties arise.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 16:25 IST

The UPA government would have seen this coming since the writing on thw wall was clear. One by one more skeletons will tumble out of the closet. Truth can be hidden, but not for too long!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Dec 9, 2011 at 10:48 IST

We have a strange irony. When an establishment indulges in one lie after another and one corrupt act after another the person who complains after every such act is unfairly labelled as a cry baby or a professional complainer. Anger and skepticism are directed against the complainer than against the corrupt establishments.In effect the corrupt people by oft repeating the lies and the corrupt acts make such acts correct ones in the eyes of the public. Mr. Subramania Swamy must be commended for his ceaseless efforts to expose the corrupt politicians while getting himself smeared unfairly as a professional complainer.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Dec 8, 2011 at 23:24 IST
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