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Parliament disrupted by AIADMK members over Karti Chidambaram on Aircel-Maxis issue

AIADMK members disrupted proceedings in both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, demanding action on former Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti over the Aircel-Maxis issue.


The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned twice in the first hour before noon.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) members rushed to the Well. They raised slogans like, “We want action”, “Aircel-Maxis why delay, why delay” and “NDA sarkar take action”.

The AIADMK members were displaying copies of an English daily, which claimed that Karti has invested in real estate across the world, according to investigations by the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities during a search of his property.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan continued with the Question Hour for some time but adjourned the House for nearly ten minutes. Soon after the House was adjourned, AIADMK members were seen distributing copies of the newspaper to BJP members.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi was seen talking to deputy speaker M Thambi Durai — an AIADMK member.

As soon as the House reassembled, AIADMK members again trooped into the Well, raising slogans. Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that if they give proper notice, the issue could be discussed in the House and the government was open to a debate.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, stood up to raise an issue, apparently related to the Privilege motion against HRD minister Smriti Irani over the Rohith Vemula suicide issue, but he was shouted down by AIADMK members.

Gandhi was seen asking AIADMK members against raising slogans near Kharge. Some Left members were also seen standing on their seats seeking the speaker’s intervention.

Amid the din, the House was adjourned till 2pm.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where AIADMK members disrupted proceedings by raising slogans to demand action against Karti and P Chidambaram. The House witnessed two adjournments in the pre-noon session.

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