New Delhi: The Opposition created a ruckus in Lok Sabha yesterday, while AIADMK raised the issue of Aircel-Maxis deal linked to former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti, the Congress asked the speaker to move its privileged motion notice against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
AIADMK members protest in the well. Pic/PTI
Despite the din, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan conducted the question hour and allowed MPs to raise the issues for which they had given notices of privilege.
Soon after the House met, AIADMK members trooped near the speaker’s podium shouting slogans and demanding action in the alleged Aircel-Maxis scam. Mahajan urged the AIADMK members to let the question hour get over before protesting. As AIADMK members returned to their seats, Congress MPs replaced them saying the privileged motion against Smriti Irani be moved and raised slogans like ‘Smriti Irani should be Sacked’ and ‘Bring Privilege Motion against Smriti Irani’.
After question hour, Mahajan, terming the case as a special one, allowed members to speak about their privilege motion. Mahajan also had to adjourn the House for 10 minutes till 12.30.
With new charges against P Chidambaram’s son Karti surfacing over Aircel-Maxis deal, the centre yesterday asserted in LS that there are ‘no holy cows’ to protect and action will be taken against those found guilty, ‘howsoever important’ one may be. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that during recent searches in conne-ction with the deal, ED and probe wing of the I-T Dept have recovered several ‘incriminating’ documents which are being scrutinised.