Somnath tells MPs: You do not deserve one paisa of public money
NEW DELHI: Agitated by the unruly behaviour of members in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee wished that all MPs disrupting the proceedings be defeated in the coming general elections.
“All of you should be defeated in the elections. I hope people will give their verdict properly. All of you should be taught a lesson,” he said when his repeated appeals to allow the House to function went unheeded.
The admonition came during question hour when Bahujan Samaj Party members came to the well shouting slogans against the government to protest certain provisions in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Reservation (Posts and Services) Bill, 2008 that exempted 47 institutions from faculty reservation. They were joined by the SC/ST members from the Samajwadi Party, the Lok Jan Shakti Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
At the same time, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam and Pattali Makkal Katchi MPs began demanding withdrawal of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s statement on the Sri Lanka issue made in the House on Wednesday.
When all reasoning failed, Mr. Chatterjee adjourned the House with the “greatest condemnation and disapproval of the MPs’ conduct.”
He was angry when members of several parties stormed the well, raising a spate of issues and disrupting question hour in the process. “You do not deserve one paisa of public money,” he said.
“I think Parliament should be adjourned sine die... public money should not be spent on useless allowances for you,” Mr. Chatterjee said as some members of the BSP, the BJP, the TDP, the RPI, the PMK and the MDMK stormed the well and raised slogans against the government.