Unruly scenes in Rajya Sabha over land acquisition bill

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Unruly scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday as two members of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) tried to snatch a copy of the bill from External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid as he tried to introduce a proposed legislation for land swap with Bangladesh.

As the minister stood up asking for leave to introduce the bill, members of the AGP Kumar Deepak Das and Birendra Prasad Baishya stepped forward and tried to snatch the copy of the bill.

Amidst the ruckus, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the house without the bill being formally introduced.

The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013, seeks to give effect to the acquiring of territories by India and transfer of certain territories to Bangladesh in pursuance of an agreement, the protocol to which was signed in 2011.

The objection by AGP members and the non-introduction of the bill came when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members were demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

The BJP has been demanding the prime minister’s resignation over an alteration done in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on the coal blocks allocation.

While Bansal’s nephew was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe for the appointment of a member of the Railway Board, Ashwani Kumar has come under attack in the Supreme Court for vetting the CBI report on coal allocation.

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