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Uproar in Parliament over Chidambaram, Gita

Dec 20, 2011 11:55 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament witnessed uproarious scenes on Tuesday over different issues. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) moved a privilege motion against Home Minister P Chidambaram in the Lok Sabha for speaking on Metropolitan Hotel owner and Sunair Hotels Pvt Ltd Chairman SP Gupta issue outside Parliament, while the House is in session.

"Chidamabaram has talked to the media outside when Parliament session is on. Instead of making a statement inside Parliament after giving a notice, which every minister has, he decided to give a statement to the media outside. This amounts to disrespect of Parliament. Yashwant Sinha has moved a notice of privilege against him," said BJP leader SS Ahluwalia.

The decision to move the privilege motion was taken at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting held under the chairmanship of LK Advani. Leaders of Opposition in both Houses Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley and other senior leaders of the party were also present.

BJP MPs shouted slogans against Chidambaram and also showed banners with slogans against Chidambaram written on them.

BJP and other Opposition parties have alleged that Chidambaram misused his office to help Gupta whom he once represented as a lawyer. The Opposition has also demanded the resignation of the Home Minister.

In the Rajya Sabha BJP members raised the controversy surrounding Bhagvad Gita in Russia where a Siberian court is hearing a petition seeking a ban on the religious book.

Alexander M Kadakin, Russian Ambassador in India, on Monday expressed sadness over the case, saying it is "inadmissible" that a holy scripture is taken to court.

"Well, it seems that even the lovely city of Tomsk has its own neighborhood madmen. It is sad indeed," said Kadakin.

What is a privilege motion?

Privilege motion is a parliamentary motion that is granted precedence over ordinary business because it concerns matters of great importance or urgency.

During a privileged motion, a Member of Parliament can raise a question involving a breach of privilege either of a member or of the Council or of a Committee with the consent of the Speaker.

If the Speaker feels that the matter, raised by the member who has given notice, is urgent and is of sufficient public importance to be raised in the Council at an early date, he may admit the notice.

The House may consider the question and come to a decision or refer it to a Committee of Privileges on a motion made either by the member who has raised the question of privilege or by any other member.

There shall be no formal motion before the Council or voting. The member who has given notice may make a short statement and the Minister shall reply shortly. Any member who has previously intimated to the Chairman may be permitted to take part in the discussion.

(With additional information from PTI)