New Delhi: The issue of detention of Anna Hazare and his supporters led to pandemonium and adjournment for the day on Tuesday in Parliament.
The Opposition was demanding immediate discussion on the matter suspending the Question Hour, while the government objected to the demand throwing the Lok Sabha into turmoil. Rajya Sabha witnessed ruling party members opposing permission by the Chair to leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley to raise the matter.
When the Lok Sabha met for the day, Speaker Meira Kumar informed the House that suspension of Question Hour notices had been given by leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta and JD(U) member Sharad Yadav among others.
They wanted an immediate debate on the detention of Hazare and on the larger issue of corruption.
While the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon, the Lok Sabha witnessed two adjournments - first till 11.30 am and then till noon.
The Lok Sabha Speaker disallowed the notices for adjournment motion given by Yogi Adityanath (BJP) and Shailendra Kumar (SP) on Hazare and some issues related to Uttar Pradesh.
She said there was no provision for suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha but asked the members making this demand to “briefly touch upon the subject”.
However, when Swaraj rose to speak, parliamentary affairs minister PK Bansal intervened and said, “My submission is that the government is prepared for a discussion at 12 (noon). They make their point and then the House is disrupted...”
He insisted that if Swaraj is allowed to speak, the home minister should also be allowed to make a statement.