AIADMK derails Parl, targets Chidambaram’s son

RSTV Bureau

rajyasabhaAIADMK members disrupted proceedings in both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning while protesting against Karti Chidambaram’s role in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

AIADMK MPs shouted slogans and forced multiple adjournments in the pre-lunch session in both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. They demanded action against the son of former Congress Minister P Chidambaram.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, AIADMK members rushed to the Well demanding an action on Aircel-Maxis deal. They raised slogans like “We want action”, “Aircel-Maxis why delay, why delay” and “NDA sarkar take action.”

The protesting members displayed copies of an English daily which claimed that Karti had invested in real estate properties across the world. The report said that the revelations came to light during the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities searched Karti’s premises during investigations.

AIADMK members were seen distributing copies of the newspaper to BJP members in the Lok Sabha.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that if AIADMK members would give an appropriate notice to the House, the issue could be discussed as the government was open to a debate on the matter.

In the middle of the ongoing ruckus, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge stood up to raise a Privilege notice against HRD Minister Smriti Irani regarding the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s. This angered the AIADMK members even more and their slogans grew louder.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi was seen asking AIADMK members not to raise slogans against Kharge. Some Left members too stood up to seek the Speaker’s intervention.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the in Rajya Sabha where AIADMK MPs disrupted proceedings by raising slogans. The Upper House witnessed two adjournments in the pre-noon session.

As soon as the House assembled for the Zero Hour, AIADMK members trooped into the Well waiving copies of a newspaper and demanding action.

Some of the AIADMK members including V Maitreyan were seen sitting on the floor of the House.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked them to approach government if they want action against a private person.

“Why do you trouble me? I am not the government,” Kurien said while trying to restore order in the House, but the protesters continued.

(With inputs from PTI)