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PM calls Ansari over Mayawati outburst

Posted on Dec 13, 10:56AM | IBNS

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday called Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari to convey his "distress" over Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati's outburst at the Vice President.

Mayawati on Wednesday stunned the Rajya Sabha when she hit out at Ansari and questioned his responsibility.

"In the last few days, we have seen that every day the House is not allowed to function after 12 PM. It is your responsibility to ensure that it functions. Who will ensure that it functions," Mayawati said.

"You are not seen here after 12 PM... What kind of House is this? You have to take decision that what has to be done for this," the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said.

Mayawati made the comments at a time when she was protesting against the frequent disruptions in the House over the SC/ST promotion quota bill, reports said.

After Mayawati's comments, Ansari told her: "You are a senior leader...The House is running right now. You please allow the House to run."

According to media reports, Ansari told political party leaders later that he was upset over the episode and that "it will be difficult to work in such a situation".

Ansari was forced to adjourn the House for sometime after Mayawati's MPs raised slogans.

As per the traditions of the Parliament, the Chair is never questioned by a member on how it conducts the functioning of the House.

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Ansari on Tuesday lost his cool amid repeated disruptions during the Question Hour in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament.

Ansari made the comments at a time when Opposition members created ruckus in the House on Tuesday over Wal-Mart report of spending USD 25 million in lobbying in India.

"A situation has arisen in which the Chair has to watch helplessly the disruption of the Question Hour very frequently," said Ansari.

He also proposed to call a meeting of the Rules Committee and suggested to shift the Question Hour or dispense with it 'all together'.

"I propose a meeting of the Rules Committee and put before the members, two options. One, that we move question hour to another part of the day, or two, seeing that no one is interested in having their questions answered, we dispense with question hour altogether," Ansari said.