Advani escaped assault in Lok Sabha in 1998 on 3 state’s bills


History repeats itself! See what happened on 22 December 1998 in Lok Sabha!

http://expressindia.indianexpress.com/ie/daily/19981223/35750544.html

Brawl over statehood bills

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

Belligerent MPs of the RJD and its ally Samajwadi Party forced two adjournments in the House on the issue. Even before the question hour began, RLM MPs led by M A A Fatmi demanded the withdrawal of the Vananchal bill. Shouting slogans such as Bihar Vibhajan band karo (Stop the division of Bihar) and Vananchal bill wapas karo (withdraw the bill), they moved to the well of the House. Interestingly, Congress MP Rajo Singh too jumped to their support disregarding his party’s views on the bill. With the RLM MPs refusing to heed the Speaker’s request for order, the House was ajourned after 15 minutes.

NEW DELHI, Dec 22: A woman MP was pushed around by a RJD member; Home Minister L K Advani just about escaped being assaulted; two adjournments preceded by unruly scenes and an equal number of walkouts the three statehood bills came up in the Lok Sabha.

While angry RJD MPs forced uGovernment to defer the introduction of the Vananchal bill it will now be tabled in the Lok Sabha tomorrow the legislation on the creation of Uttarakhand was tabled in the House by Advani after brushing aside the objections raised by Akali Dal’s Prem Singh Chandumajra, Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (both allies of the Government) and the BSP.

Only the Chattisgarh Bill was moved without any hitch. The Bihar Reorganisation Bill, which seeks to carve out the tribal-districts of Vananchal from the state, will now be tabled in the Lok Sabha tomorrow after it is taken up for “reconsideration” at an informal meeting of the Union Cabinet.

BJP MPs from the region have been asked to be present in the meeting to airtheir views on the issue, Union Parliamentary Affairs Madan Lal Khurana told reporters after the all-party meeting convened by the Speaker.

Earlier in the day, belligerent MPs of the RJD and its ally Samajwadi Party forced two adjournments in the House on the issue. Even before the question hour began, RLM MPs led by M A A Fatmi demanded the withdrawal of the Vananchal bill. Shouting slogans such as Bihar Vibhajan band karo (Stop the division of Bihar) and Vananchal bill wapas karo (withdraw the bill), they moved to the well of the House. Interestingly, Congress MP Rajo Singh too jumped to their support disregarding his party’s views on the bill. With the RLM MPs refusing to heed the Speaker’s request for order, the House was ajourned after 15 minutes.

The second adjournment too was preceded by unruly scenes. As angry RJD members led by former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Jhanjharpur MP Surendra Prasad Yadav moved towards Home Minister L K Advani after jumping over thesecretary-general’s chair, BJP MPs Rita Verma and Abha Mahto (both hailing from the Vananchal region) formed a protective cordon around him. But this failed to deter Yadav, who tried to push Verma out of his way.

It was left to Khurja MP Ashok Pradhan to rescue a visibly shaken Verma. With RLM and BJP members itching for a violent showdown, Speaker Balayogi had no alternative but to adjourn the House. Immediately after the incident, Verma shot off a written complaint to the Speaker seeking action against the RJD MP for his behaviour. At the all-party meeting held after the incident, the BJP made out a strong case for the introduction of the bills. “Failure to do so would be a bad reflection on Parliament and a wrong precedence will be set. It will not only go against the democratic principles, but also against the parliamentary procedures,” Khurana argued.

In view of the RJD’s intransigence, it was decided that the Government would table only two bills, while the Vananchal bill would be sent back to the Cabinet.

Copyright © 1998 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.

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Editor, Namasthe Telangana Daily, Hyderabad
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