Winter session: Parliament adjourned till 11 am on Monday
AIADMK's M Thambi Durai became the first person in the Chair to keep the House in order for the longest period in this Winter session since it was convened on 22 November. Durai managed to keep the Lok Sabha running for 48 minutes before it was adjourned.
12 pm update
AIADMK's M Thambi Durai became the first person in the Chair to keep the House in order for the longest period in this Winter session since it was convened on 22 November.
Durai managed to keep the Lok Sabha running for 48 minutes before it was adjourned till 11 am on Monday because of the growing chaos.
Ironically he beat both Speaker Meira Kumar and Deputy Speaker Karia Munda in this regard. The Parliament condemned the act of violence against Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament condemned the attack on Pawar saying there is no place for violence even if there is disagreement over an issue.
"There is no place for violence when there is disagreement in a democracy. I condemn what happened with my colleague Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar," Mukherjee said in the Lok Sabha.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj also condemned the incident calling it "unacceptable" and expressed solidarity with the thoughts of the finance minister.
Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav expressed anger over the media coverage of the incident and the government inaction. "The slap was shown as if it was glorifiable. Why is the government sleeping?" he fumed.
CPM's Gurudas Dasgupta said, "The Parliament should protest against the method of protest. The electronic media should learn some lesson as well. Why were they showing how Mr Pawar was slapped? And whatever Anna Hazare did was very wrong."
Other leaders both from treasury benches including DMK, NCP and opposition joined in the condemnation of the incident.
11 am update
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