New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second time Thursday as Home Minister P. Chidambaram denied the involvement of either him or of any member of his family in a telecom deal when he was finance minister even as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to disrupt the house, demanding action against him.
“I categorically deny that neither me, nor any member of my family has acquired shares in either Aircel or Maxis,” Chidambaram told the Lok Sabha amid protests from BJP members.
BJP leader Yashwant Sinha had earlier raised the point following which his party colleagues and members of Left parties disrupted the house proceedings demanding action against Chidambaram.
This made Leader of the House and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee lose his cool and he said the opposition should not raise the issue again and again.
Both houses of parliament were disrupted May 8 after a news report alleged that Chidambaram had delayed permission for the sale of Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis in 2006 when he was finance minister so that his son, Karthi, was financially benefited. The government had then denied the report as baseless.
The finance minister was about to respond but sat down when opposition members did not hear his appeal to calm down and continued to raise slogans. Even Congress president Sonia Gandhi tried to pacify an angry Mukherjee.
Sensing the mood of the house, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house till 2 p.m.
Later P.C. Chacko, who was in the chair, adjourned the house till 4 p.m.
Earlier also the house witnessed unruly scenes after BJP members raised the issue of alleged misbehaviour and assault on party MP from Andaman and Nicobar islands Bishnu Pada Ray by a certain home ministry official.
Speaker Meira Kumar said she has received a notice for breach of privilege against an official of the home ministry from Ray and would take a decision after receiving a report from the ministry.