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Stormy start to winter session

December 01, 2004 12:30 IST

The winter session of the Lok Sabha began on a stormy note on Wednesday with angry Bahujan Samaj Party members storming the well and demanding the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for arresting their colleagues Mohammed Tahir.

Angered by their behaviour on the opening day as the House was about to take up Question Hour after it had made obituary references, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee warned the members that he would suspend them.

As soon as the speaker initiated the suspension process and named those standing in the well, two ministers, Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and Suresh Panchouri, went up to them and pleaded with them to take their seats.

"I will suspend you all if you don't go back to your seats," the speaker saidm adding, "all of you are senior members and you must behave."

"Anybody rushing to well will be suspended. What has not happened in the past, will happen now. You have not even given a notice and you want to raise an issue about which nobody knows," he said.

As the members persisted, Chatterjee said, "Don't force me to take unpleasant action. This drama cannot be allowed to go on."

The Question Hour resumed after the BSP members went back to their seats.

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