An ugly scene broke out in the upper house of the Parliament on Wednesday when a Telegu Desam Party (TDP) MP CM Ramesh tried to snatch papers from Rajya Sabha secretary general, irking deputy chairman PJ Kurien. The MP apologised later.
Unparliamentary behaviour has become commonplace in the Parliament this session with members not just resorting to wild sloganeering and storming the Well, but also turning aggressive and spraying pepper during House proceedings, mostly over the Telangana issue. The Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill on Tuesday.
CM Ramesh caused a flutter when he snatched papers from the hands of secretary-general Viswanathan who was about to read the message from the Lok Sabha about the passage of the Telangana Bill in the lower house. The spectacles that Viswanathan had on nearly fell off as an angry Ramesh lunged at the official to take away the papers. The House was adjourned.
When the House re-assembled late in the afternoon, deputy chairman P.J.Kurien named Ramesh for his untoward behaviour. Members from Samajwadi Party (SP), Janata Dal (U) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) pleaded that the TDP member should be allowed to speak.
Ramesh apologised and said that he acted in a moment of emotional outburst and it was not his intention to hurt anyone, and that he regretted if any one was hurt. Kurien accepted the apology and said that he would not be taking further action in the matter.
Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha passed four bills, including the street vendors protection bill, without debate following a broad consensus in the house over their passage. The bills passed were the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2013, the Governors (Emoluments, Allowances and Privileges) Amendment Bill, 2013, the Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University Bill, 2012 and the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2013.