Protests in the Indian Parliament are almost an every-day affair now. It is almost a dream to expect our political leaders to ever let a session go by smoothly with them giving each other time to speak and voice their opinions.
However, what happened in the Lok Sabha yesterday proved that there is no difference between a Parliament session in India and a fist-fight on the road.
It is a day which will go down as one of the worst days in Indian Parliament history, where MPs used pepper spray, broken glass and stationery items to hurt each other. The protest against the controversial Telangana Bill turned ugly the moment Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde tabled the bill in the Lok Sabha session.
Angry MPs from the Seemandhra region rushed to the well of the House shouting slogans. Industrialist and suspended Congress MP L Rajagopal, from Vijayawada, sprayed pepper spray in the House causing burning sensations to several MPs and many started coughing and sneezing.
Shockingly, we are not the only ones who fight like cats and dogs during a Parliament session. Political leaders in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Turkey and many more have also written history with some very ugly and nasty fights during Parliament sessions. However, this is not something one should take pride in. Take a look at these 20 photos of notorious fights that have occurred in other Parliaments. It'll make you wonder about what the world has come to.
Deputies react after clashes during debates on the country’s budget for 2014 in the Parliament in Kiev, January 16, 2014. Ukraine’s Parliament on Thursday approved a 2014 state budget with a deficit of 3.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product despite attempts by the political opposition to block proceedings.
Opposition deputies throw buckwheat at newly elected deputy Viktor Pylypyshyn (R) as he takes the oath in Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, January 15, 2014. Opposition deputies from the Svoboda (Freedom) Ukrainian nationalist party blame Pylypyshyn for what they said were unfair elections. In Ukraine, buckwheat is a symbol of bribing voters.
Legislator Lin Hung-chih (L) from the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) scuffles with legislator Chiu Chih-wei from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei August 2, 2013. Taiwan’s legislators will vote on Friday on whether to adopt the proposed referendum on the controversial construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City, according to local media. The red banner reads, ”Stop construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant immediately.”
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators cover the mouth of Nationalist (KMT) legislator Chao Li-yun during a parliament session inside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei April 21, 2010. The session was held on Wednesday as part of a bill ammendment on whether students from mainland China will be allowed to attend Taiwan universities.
Members of the Somali parliament fight after majority voted against the Speaker of the Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden (not pictured) in southern Mogadishu, December 21, 2011. A total of 287 out of the 290 legislators attending the session voted against the speaker.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators scuffle with ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators (top) at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei July 8, 2010. Taiwan legislators threw objects, splashed water and kicked one another on Thursday, sending two to the hospital in a brawl over how fast to ratify a trade pact with China that is shaping up as a pivotal election issue.
Bolivian opposition congressman Fernando Rodriguez battles with an unidentified indigenous deputy of President Evo Morales’ party during a congress session in La Paz, April 9, 2009. Morales went on a hunger strike on Thursday to demand Bolivia’s Congress pass an electoral law that could make it easier for him to win control of the legislature in December’s general election.
Claudio Barbato (L), a member of the opposition FLI party, fights with Fabio Ranieri (R) from the Northern League in Parliament in Rome October 26, 2011. The Italian deputies exchanged blows in parliament on Wednesday as tensions over a tough economic reform programme came to a head.
Lawmaker Kim Sun-dong (C) of the Democratic Labour Party struggles with security guards after he detonated a tear gas canister towards the chairman’s seat, to try to stop the ruling Grand National Party’s move to ratify a bill on a free trade agreement with the US, at the National Assembly in Seoul November 22, 2011. South Korea’s ruling conservatives rammed a controversial free trade deal with the United States through parliament on Tuesday as legislators scuffled and one opposition MP let off a tear gas device, briefly clearing the chamber.
Ilias Kasidiaris, the spokesman for Greece’s far-right party Golden Dawn, throws a glass of water at Rena Dourou, a female leftist party member, on live television on June 7, 2012 in this still image taken from video. Kasidiaris threw a glass of water at a female leftist politician and slapped another one in the face on live television on Thursday, causing a political uproar and leading a prosecutor to seek his arrest.
Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws a cloud-shaped cushion at Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang to demand a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong February 27, 2013. The sign reads ”No more nonsense. Set up universal retirement protection scheme now.”
Taiwan legislators treat a colleague who was injured following a fight in Parliament in Taipei May 8, 2007. The brawl in Taiwan’s sharply divided parliament is by no means the island’s first, with legislators throwing stones and lunchboxes in previous sessions after failing to see eye to eye on certain issues.
Lee Yoon-sung (C), vice speaker of the National Assembly and a lawmaker of the ruling Grand National Party, is surrounded by security guards as he passes new bills at the National Assembly main chamber in Seoul July 22, 2009. The National Assembly on Wednesday approved a set of disputed bills centred on allowing newspapers and conglomerates to own stakes in broadcasting stations, amid a boycott by opposition lawmakers who accuse the government of attempting to rein in domestic media organizations, Yonhap reported.
Turkey’s ruling AK Party (AKP) lawmaker Muhittin Aksak (R) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Mahmut Tanal (L) scuffle during a debate at the parliament in Ankara late February 8, 2012.
Lawmakers of opposition parties help their fellow lawmaker (top) who tries to escape as they scuffle with lawmakers of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) at the National Assembly plenary session hall in Seoul December 8, 2010. The opposition lawmakers were trying to prevent GNP lawmakers from passing new bills, including the new year’s budget bill. South Korea’s government rammed through the 2011 budget on Wednesday amid brawls between lawmakers over billions of dollars of spending on controversial projects to clean up the country’s rivers.
Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (3rd R), also known as ”Long Hair,” is blocked by security guards as he tries to approach Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (L) inside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong December 10, 2012, where the latter is being questioned by lawmakers. Lawmakers and protesters on Monday urged Leung Chun-ying to step down for illegal structures found in his house. At right is Legislative Council Chairman Jasper Tsang.
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Idris Sami Tandogdu (R) and an unidentified CHP MP (rear R) hit Turkey’s ruling Ak Party MP Alim Tunc (2nd L) as others try to stop the fight during a debate in the Turkish parliament in Ankara May 28, 2007. Turkish parliament convene to debate the constitutional amendment package regarding general and presidential elections.
Ukrainian deputies scuffle during a session in the national Parliament in Kiev March 19, 2013. The Parliament was scheduled to debate the date of a mayoral election in Kiev, local media reported.
Vice speaker of the Ukrainian Vekhovnaya Rada, Adam Martynyuk (R), scuffles with deputy Oleg Lyashko during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev May 18, 2011.
A combination photograph shows opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Kuo Wen-chen falling off the podium while scuffling with ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei July 8, 2010. Taiwan legislators threw objects, splashed water and kicked one another on Thursday, sending two to the hospital in a brawl over how fast to ratify a trade pact with China that is shaping up as a pivotal election issue.