Friday, February 25, 2011

Strong protest in Parliament against canecharge on BJP workers

Feb 25 2011, New Delhi:

After vociferous protests by BJP in both Houses of Parliament, the Government on Friday said \"any excess\" by the police during an agitation by BJP workers in the capital would be examined.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour that he was \"sorry\" if any political worker was injured on Thursday but maintained that such incidents happen due to \"breach of understanding\".

Earlier, the Question Hour could not take place in Rajya Sabha as BJP members engaged in slogan shouting against police action demanding a response from the Home Minister leading to adjournment of the House barely five minutes after it met for the day.

\"What happened yesterday reminds me of emergency days. Is it democracy or dictatorship? Many people were injured and brutally assaulted (in the lathicharge)...If someone protests against corruption will you beat him like this...,\" senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.

The issue was also raised in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour but the members had relented after an assurance that the Home Minister will be apprised of their sentiments.

Chidambaram said he has asked for video tape of the incident which captures most of the scenes of agitation and promised to see \"if there is any indication of any excess\".

He at the same time, he regretted that Question Hour was not allowed to function. \"There is no reason to disrupt Question Hour. If you want a minister to respond, I could have responded even then.\"

Quoting a police report, he said \"mild lathicharge\" was carried out only after agitating BJP workers tried to cross the second barricade. He said they were allowed to hold demonstration and asked not to cross the first barricade, to which the party leaders had earlier agreed.

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