Opposition lawmakers from Tamil Nadu raised Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi’s recent remarks in Lok Sabha on Wednesday which led to disruption in the Lower House.
Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) leader T R Baalu gave adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha over "derogatory and insulting remarks" of Bedi. While referring to a media report on the water crisis in Chennai, Bedi on Sunday had said that people's perception, in response to the report, was that the situation arose due to "poor governance, corrupt politics and indifferent bureaucracy".
During zero hour on Wednesday in Lok Sabha, Baalu spoke on the issue and as he proceeded to read Bedi’s remarks, speaker Om Birla informed that conduct of a person occupying constitutional post cannot be discussed in the House and that the observations should be given in writing instead.
Baalu was joined by several Tamil Nadu representatives from the DMK and Congress who raised slogans of protests. Soon more than 20 lawmakers entered the well of the House including senior DMK leaders like K. Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and senior Congress leaders like Karthi Chidambaram shouting slogans of “we want justice".
While Birla continued with the proceedings of the House, protests grew till union defence minister Rajnath Singh read the parliamentary rules that any such discussion can happen only after giving a notice.
Earlier in the day, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019, contents for which were opposed by Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor on the grounds of need for more autonomy, transparency among others.