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‘Mix-up’ causes furore in Rajya Sabha

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NEW DELHI: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Tuesday forced an adjournment of the Rajya Sabha protesting against a “mistake” by the Secretariat and insisting on an assurance that its member K. Malaisamy be allowed to raise in the House on Wednesday the issue of the recent clash between lawyers and police on the Madras High Court campus.

The AIADMK found support from members belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party, as Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan ruled that only subject matter cleared by the Chairman could be raised, immediately after the question hour.

As soon as Mr. Khan called Dr. Malaisamy’s name, the member said his notice to raise the issue of lawyer-police clash was for Tuesday and the Rajya Sabha Secretariat by mistake listed the other matter, rehabilitation of the workers of Hindustan Photo Films in Udhagamandalam, meant for Wednesday on this day.

The Deputy Chairman said he could permit only those issues admitted by the Chairman and find mention on a list.

To Dr. Malaisamy’s insistence that an assurance be given that the lawyer-police clash issue would be allowed on Wednesday, Mr. Khan said the process of submitting a fresh notice and decision on its admissibility would have to be followed.

Mr. Khan said the member violated rules as two notices could not be given in a week. As for the mix-up that Dr. Malaisamy was referring to, he said the matter would be examined.

Even as the AIADMK MPs, led by V. Maitreyan, continued to protest, Brinda Karat (CPI-M), Digvijay Singh (JD-U), and S.S. Ahluwalia (BJP) said Dr. Malaisamy should be allowed to raise the issue and not disallowed due to a mistake of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

Amid the protest, Mr. Khan adjourned the House for 10 minutes and after a meeting in the Chamber, announced later that the Chairman would look into the matter.

Later, Dr. Maitreyan told The Hindu that a fresh notice had been submitted and they awaited a decision.

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