The Congress on Tuesday accused AIADMK members of disrupting Rajya Sabha proceedings at the behest of the ruling BJP, with Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien also terming the turn of events in the House as “murder of democracy".
The AIADMK members created ruckus in both Houses of Parliament by holding noisy protests seeking action against former Union Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti over the Aircel-Maxis issue, leading to several adjournments during the day. “There has to be an order in the House to discuss this," the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said as the House took up discussion on a Calling Attention motion regarding inflammatory speeches by a Union Minister and other elected representatives violating the Constitution and oath of office.
Mr. Azad, who was to move the motion, also said that the disruption was “organised by the ruling party" so that the calling attention on the “serious" issue, listed in the agenda on Tuesday, is not taken up. “A serious issue is not discussed like this. This is a deliberate attempt by the AIADMK. Otherwise, never before has AIADMK behaved like this," the Congress leader said.
Mr. Kurien, who was in the Chair, too slammed the noisy protests, saying the behaviour of the AIADMK MPs was “very bad". “You can approach the government for appropriate action. Why are you disrupting the proceedings of the House? This is irresponsible behaviour. This is murder of democracy," he said. Even though Mr. Kurien first said he would not adjourn the proceedings, he finally did it till 3 p.m. as the sloganeering continued. The House was to be adjourned once again till 3.45 p.m. as slogan-shouting continued unabated.