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MPs almost trade blows in Lok Sabha
August 24, 2006 15:22 IST
Last Updated: August 24, 2006 15:24 IST
Rashtriya Janata Dal member Sadhu Yadav almost came to blows with Prabhunath Singh of the Janata Dal (United) soon after the Lok Sabha adjourned on Thursday afternoon over Singh's controversial remarks.
Another RJD member Rabindra Rana threw the sound box on the Parliamentary reporters' table towards Bharatiya Janata Party member M A K Swain but it fell short of him.
Trouble started during Zero Hour, when Prabhunmath Singh was allowed by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to raise an issue concerning Bihar. The JD(U) member alleged that a criminal involved in an incident at Arrah was claiming to be a relative of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.
This infuriated Lalu, as also his RJD supporters, who rushed to the front benches as Prasad was heard levelling some charges against Singh.
Earlier, the Speaker tried to cool tempers, saying objectionable remarks would be expunged. But this did not pacify the members who began shouting at each other.
Amid the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till 1400 hrs. But the matter did not end there with both the sides hurling verbal abuses at each other, so much so that Yadav charged towards Singh.
As Yadav moved menacingly towards Singh with a raised fist, Brajbhusan Sharan Singh of the BJP stepped fast to block the RJD member.
Then Rana, along with fellow party member Ram Kripal Yadav, began to shout at Singh. Swain prevented Rana from moving towards Singh. Enraged at this, Rana picked up the soundbox and hurled it at Swain.
The Speaker tried to restrain Singh, observing that his remarks making personal allegations against a member were 'very unfair' and he should desist from such acts.
Singh, while raising the issue during Zero Hour, accused the Centre of interfering in the working of non-Congress ruled states, including Bihar, under the pressure of 'some heavyweights from the state'.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi tried to pacify agitated RJD members. He was also seen appealing to Lalu, who was angrily making remarks against Singh, to calm down.
Stunned by the sudden development, Dasmunsi had a tough time to ensure that nothing untoward happened as Human Resource Development minister Arjun Singh watched the events.
Leader of the House, Pranab Mukherjee rushed to the scene and, before that, staff had arrived in strength and cordoned off the well to ensure peace.
As Prasad proceeded towards the Speaker's office, an RJD member was heard saying it was needless to approach the Speaker.
Thereafter, Prabhu Nath Singh, along with fellow JD(U) member Rajiv Ranjan Singh 'Lallan' and Swain, proceeded towards the Speaker's office to apprise him of the incident.
Reacting to shouts by RJD members, the BJP members too began shouting at them.