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Bedlam in Parliament over Arunachal issue

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NEW DELHI, Dec 18 - Both the Houses of the Parliament today witnessed bedlam over the political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh, with Congress in Rajya Sabha demanding recall of the Governor of the State, while the party staged a walkout in Lok Sabha.

In the Lok Sabha, Congress MPs, led by party president Sonia Gandhi, staged protest over the political developments in Arunachal Pradesh and created uproar in the House when they were not allowed to raise the issue.

�Stop partiality�, agitated Congress members chanted as they left the House, with party leader Mallikarjun Kharge announcing boycott of the proceedings for the day. JD-U and NCP also joined the walkout.

Sonia was herself in the Well for a while along with an agitated Kharge, who pleaded with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to allow him to have his say. The Speaker remained unmoved.

During the Question Hour and the Zero Hour, Congress members stormed the Well demanding recall of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor chanting slogans �Stop dictatorship� and �Dismiss the Governor�.

During the Question Hour, when the Speaker disallowed notices of adjournment motion moved by some Congress members on certain actions of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Kharge said a �new turn� has taken place following the verdict of the Gauhati High Court.

The Speaker made it clear that no reference to the High Court can be made in the House and the Arunachal issue has already been raised.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also urged the chair to delete the reference made to the High Court.

�You raise slogans every day. The Government can�t take decisions. The House cannot run like this,� she observed.

Apparently referring to Congress, she said, �With years of rule and presence in the House, you have experience ... proceedings will take place as per rules and procedures.�

At one point, exasperated by their continued protests, a peeved Speaker directed her officials to note down the names of Congress members standing in the Well and raising slogans against the Government.

Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, Opposition Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue saying that the developments in Arunachal Pradesh were unprecedented. He demanded recall of the Governor following the Gauhati High Court observations. He said media and the entire country are discussing the issue.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments on the political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh. Members belonging to AIADMK, TMC and Left parties supported the Congress demand for the recall of the Governor.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari has admitted substantive motions moved by Opposition parties to discuss the political developments in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Bedlam in Parliament over Arunachal issue

NEW DELHI, Dec 18 - Both the Houses of the Parliament today witnessed bedlam over the political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh, with Congress in Rajya Sabha demanding recall of the Governor of the State, while the party staged a walkout in Lok Sabha.

In the Lok Sabha, Congress MPs, led by party president Sonia Gandhi, staged protest over the political developments in Arunachal Pradesh and created uproar in the House when they were not allowed to raise the issue.

�Stop partiality�, agitated Congress members chanted as they left the House, with party leader Mallikarjun Kharge announcing boycott of the proceedings for the day. JD-U and NCP also joined the walkout.

Sonia was herself in the Well for a while along with an agitated Kharge, who pleaded with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to allow him to have his say. The Speaker remained unmoved.

During the Question Hour and the Zero Hour, Congress members stormed the Well demanding recall of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor chanting slogans �Stop dictatorship� and �Dismiss the Governor�.

During the Question Hour, when the Speaker disallowed notices of adjournment motion moved by some Congress members on certain actions of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Kharge said a �new turn� has taken place following the verdict of the Gauhati High Court.

The Speaker made it clear that no reference to the High Court can be made in the House and the Arunachal issue has already been raised.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also urged the chair to delete the reference made to the High Court.

�You raise slogans every day. The Government can�t take decisions. The House cannot run like this,� she observed.

Apparently referring to Congress, she said, �With years of rule and presence in the House, you have experience ... proceedings will take place as per rules and procedures.�

At one point, exasperated by their continued protests, a peeved Speaker directed her officials to note down the names of Congress members standing in the Well and raising slogans against the Government.

Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, Opposition Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue saying that the developments in Arunachal Pradesh were unprecedented. He demanded recall of the Governor following the Gauhati High Court observations. He said media and the entire country are discussing the issue.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments on the political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh. Members belonging to AIADMK, TMC and Left parties supported the Congress demand for the recall of the Governor.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari has admitted substantive motions moved by Opposition parties to discuss the political developments in Arunachal Pradesh.