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Amidst drama and black-out of the Lok Sabha channel, the contentious Telangana bill was passed by the Lower House on 18 February, a day many MP’s called the death of democracy. The passing of this bill in the House has been a roller coaster ride with pepper spray, ambulances, broken mics, an apparent appearance of a knife coming into play when the UPA-2 made their first attempt to table the bill. All of this happened on 13 February and the drama that unfolded was something no-one could have anticipated.

Wielder of pepper spray, suspended Congress MP L Rajagopal. Image courtesy: deccanchronicle.com

Wielder of pepper spray, suspended Congress MP L Rajagopal.
Image courtesy: deccanchronicle.com

The UPA-2 government expected drama with the tabling of the Telangana bill on 13 February but what happened is something no-one could have possibly anticipated. If one had been keenly watching the proceedings of the Lok Sabha on that day, they wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that it had turned into a children’s fight on a playground that turned deadly because within five minutes our Parliamentarians made a mockery of India yet again, but many say this is a new low.

The incident unfurled when Congress MP L Rajagopal, from Vijayawada, unleashed the pepper spray in the House causing pandemonium with MP’s coughing, sneezing and ambulances being called. If this wasn’t enough, TDP MP Venugopal Reddy allegedly brandished a knife in the House, which he later said was a mike.

Gas masks, smashed glass, tables and papers were prevalent in the House and marshalls had to be summoned to overpower the violent MPs and that led to several suspensions from the Parliament.

Suspended MP L Rajagopal on a talk-show called his move  a defence against MP’s man-handling him, showing no remorse for his actions, while news anchors like Arnab Goswami, Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai all grilled the reader, who stood defiant and unembarrassed by his actions. This incident has raised questions about the UPA’s control of the government and even an attempt to refer these actions to the Privileges Committee will not wipe this shameful action from the minds of the Indian public.

One of the many members exiting the Parliament after being affected by the pepper spray. Image courtesy: blogs.wsj.com

One of the many members exiting the Parliament after being affected by the pepper spray.
Image courtesy: blogs.wsj.com

If one took to twitter, #PepperSpray was trending, with quips about Karunanidhi’s need for glasses and pepper spray a tool against rapists being used against Parliamentarians.

Opposition for a certain legislation and bill cannot be used as an excuse to act like a common street thug when you are supposed to represent the common man and an Indian and no quarter should laud these actions, instead all sections of the society should condemn the MP’s involved in the incident.

The question amongst the voter’s mind should now be how their own money is being wasted in LS proceedings with no transactions happening and how shameful it is so see their representatives behaving like common hooligans. The voters should remember what happened on 13 and on the 18th because come May they will have a choice to exercise their right to vote.

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