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Watch: Rajiv Shukla caught on mike in RS

Last updated on: August 21, 2012 21:17 IST
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Union Minister Rajiv Shukla was on Tuesday caught in a controversy as he was heard telling Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the House after the opposition created uproar over Comptroller and Auditor General report on coal blocks allotment to private firms.

Kurien, who was elected as the deputy chairman, had just occupied the chair when members of the entire opposition started shouting slogans against the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the government.

Amid the din, Shukla, who is minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs, went to the chair and whispered in the ears of Kurien, "Pure din Ke liye House adjourn kara dijiye liye (Adjourn the House for the day)."

The whisper, however, was caught on Kurien's mike and got amplified. The House was adjourned soon after for the day. Significantly, minutes earlier Kurien, while accepting felicitations on his induction, had said that he will try to accommodate views of all members in running the House.

Criticising Shukla's action, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Prakash avdekar said it has 'exposed Congress design' to disrupt Parliament and not allow it to function.

"Congress is engaging in double speak as on the one hand it is telling the Chair to adjourn the House and on the other hand they are blaming the BJP for causing disruptions.

"They have been badly exposed and they are not interested in running the House," Javdekar added.

Former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash Kashyap disapproved of Shukla's conduct saying "It is undignified for a member to walk upto the chair and advise...members or ministers should speak from their seat."

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, however, said that Shukla may have given a suggestion which was not binding on the Chair.
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