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first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) Proceeedings of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were virtually washed out today due to the uproar created by AIADMK members who were demanding action against former Union Minister P Chidambarams son Karti over the Aircel-Maxis issue. Both the Houses witnessed continuous disruptions due to the slogan-shouting by AIADMK members who were in the Well, forcing repeated adjournments. Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at around 2.45 pm while the days proceedings of Rajya Sabha were terminated at around 4 pm. The AIADMK members were displaying copies of an English daily which has claimed that Karti has invested in real estate across the world, as per investigations by the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities during searches at his premises. In the Upper House, an angry Deputy Chairman P J Kurien even threatened to suspend the agitating members but to avail. In Rajya Sabha, a Calling Attention Motion on inflammatory speeches made by a Union Minister and elected representatives violating the Constitution and oath of office could not be taken up due to the noisy protests by AIADMK. Trouble started in the House as soon as it met for the day, with AIADMK members, waiving copies of a newspaper, raising the issue and demanding action against Karti Chidambaram. Chairman Hamid Ansari said it was “unbecomming” of members and accused them of promoting the particular newspaper which was “not proper. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien termed the disruptions as “murder of democracy”. As AIADMK members led by V Maitreyan continued raising slogans for arrest of P Chidambaram and his son Karti over the Aircel-Maxis issue, a visibly angered Kurien said, “How can I take action? I can take action against you.” He warned that he could taken action against the AIADMK members under Rule 255 and bar the disrupting members from the proceedings of the House for the day. With regard to the Calling Attention Motion, Kurien said it was not taken up since governemnt did not distribute the statement. He said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was on a wrong foot. “I called (Leader of Opposition) Ghulam Nabi Azad and then asked to distribute but papers were not distributed. So Calling Attention Motion was not taken up. If that would have done, I would have considered it a Calling Attention Motion but statement was not distributed so it was not taken up. They can repeat. I have given the ruling,” he said. Naqvi said no such matter can be raised in the same session. During the brief periods for which the House met amid adjournments, Congress accused AIADMK members of disrupting the proceedings at the behest of the ruling BJP. Similar scenes were witnessed in Lok Sabha. (MORE) RNK NKD NAB CS SAP NAM SKC AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more