New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed repeated adjournments as AIADMK members created a ruckus to demand action against former union minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti on corruption charges in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Soon after the house reassembled at 2 p.m. after three adjournments earlier in the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed AIADMK member P. Venugopal to speak.
He alleged that the prime minister was kept in the dark and action was delayed into the Aircel-Maxis deal issue.
Soon after he made his statement, the AIADMK members again trooped near the speaker’s podium and shouted slogans like “we want justice, take action, take action”.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: “It’s a matter of corruption and the government is not going to protect anyone.”
Mahajan said: “I allowed you to speak but this is not fair to disturb the house after speaking. I have done justice.”
However, the AIADMK members did not relent and continued with their protest.
Amid the din, Mahajan allowed the members to raise their respective issues.
The speaker again urged the agitating AIADMK members not to disturb the proceedings of the house so as to allow other members to speak on the motion of thanks on the president’s address, but the noisy scenes continued.
AIADMK members were demanding action against Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram over the recent income tax and enforcement directorate raids, which allegedly revealed that he had built a massive empire through investments across the world.
Mahajan then adjourned the house for the day.
Earlier, when the house met at 12 noon after two brief adjournments in the question hour, apart from agitating AIADMK members, the Congress parliamentarians too raised the demand for a privilege motion against union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.
The Congress members sought to know from the speaker the status of their notices on the privilege motion against Irani.
Amid the din, the Speaker laid the papers on the table of the house.
“I have received the notices but those are under my consideration,” Mahajan said.
As the Congress members didn’t relent and AIADMK members continued with their protest, Mahajan adjourned the house till 2 p.m.
Earlier, during question hour, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also urged the AIADMK members to raise the issue after giving proper notice.
“The issue being raised here is very important. But please go to your seats. Give a notice. The government has no problem in discussing the issue,” he said.
The speaker tried to conduct the question hour but the AIADMK members were unrelenting.
She then adjourned the house till 11.15 a.m and then again till 12 noon.