New Delhi, Oct 24: The Lok Sabha on Friday, Oct 24 witnessed a piquant situation as Speaker Somnath Chatterjee offered to quit and left the Chair in a huff when the Left parties members questioned his converting of their notice for Adjourment Motion on minority-bashing issue into a discussion under Rule 193 that entails no voting.
As CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharaya got up to raise the issue, he indirectly questioned the Chair for coverting their notice for Adjourment Motion into Rule 193. "The entire world has been debating the attacks on minorities in Orissa and other parts, we are not allowed to raise this sensitive issue in Parliament...", Mr Acharaya said.
The Speaker took it as an affront to the Chair. "You are insulting the Chair and do it if it serves your politics....all your questioning is deliberate...I do not want to stay in office to pocket such behaviour, Mr Chatterjee said and rose from his chair.
At this juncture, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad attempted to soothe his ruffled feelings by saying "Aap bane rahiye...aap ko koi nahi hata sakta" (You please continue... no one can remove you).
The Speaker resumed his seat for a while but left soon after to be replaced by Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal.
Earlier, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta also got up in support of Mr Acharaya and quoted from the Rule Book that the issue should be allowed to be taken up as Adjournment Motion.
However, the Speaker overuled him and stuck to his earlier decision.
Later, as Mr Acharya initiated the debate saying that at least 50 Christians were killed, many more injured and thousands rendered homeless in Orissa. As he drew the parallel between the violence in Orissa and that of Gujarat in 2002, the BJD and BJP members were on their feet. "The CPI(M) should introspect what they had done in Nandigram before raising an accusing finger at the Orissa government and police," they said.
Thereafter, trhe BJD members continued to disrupt Mr Acharaya for about ten minutes forcing the Chair to adjourn the House till 1400 hours.