In Pics: Spar in the monsoon session of Rajya Sabha house

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New Delhi, Aug 12: In an unusual episode, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien sparred in the Rajya Sabha over procedures, triggering commotion which led to stalling of the House for nearly an hour.

The row began at noon when Kurien called Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley to speak on the situation in Kishtwar area of Jammu and Kashmir which witnessed violence last week.

Kurien called Jaitley after strong demand by BJP members earlier that he should be allowed to speak on the issue, particularly since he was not allowed to proceed to Kishtwar on Sunday.

On the other hand, BJP members protested against the ruling party's objections to the Chair's decision.

This led to an uproar, prompting Kurien to adjourn the House for half an hour.

When the House re-assembled at 12.40 pm, the issue of procedure again figured with members debating as to who should be allowed to speak first.

Rajya Sabha house

A scene of the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday during ongoing monsoon session.

P Chidambaram

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday during ongoing monsoon session.

BSP chief Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday during ongoing monsoon session.

Farooq Abdullah

Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday during ongoing monsoon session.

Arun Jaitley

Opposition leader Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday during ongoing monsoon session.

A scene of the Rajya Sabha

A scene of the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday during ongoing monsoon session.

With inputs from PTI.

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