NEW DELHI: A furious speaker of India's upper house of parliament accused lawmakers Tuesday of behaving like a "federation of anarchists" after more unruly behaviour which has paralysed decision-making in recent years.
The current parliament, which was elected in 2009, is on course to be one of the least productive in post-independence Indian history with shouting, jeering and protests frequently forcing adjournments.
The latest session, which began on August 5, has also been severely disrupted with the government unable to pass any major legislation ahead of elections next year due to protests from opposition parties.
"Every single rule in the rule book, every single etiquette is being violated in this house!" the exasperated speaker of the upper house, Hamid Ansari, shouted above the din on Tuesday.
"If the honourable members wish this house to become a federation of anarchists then it is a different matter, because there is no order!"
His outburst led to criticism from the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the government, both of which asked him to retract the remark, but it gained sympathy among many on Twitter.
"This is not the way to raise things," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said afterwards, accusing Ansari of over-reacting.
"To describe the whole house as a federation of anarchists may not be fair and I urge you to reconsider it," he said.
The monsoon session ends on August 30.
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Anarchy is the natural equilibirium of the country. Perhaps We need better research in the field Chaos theory to better understand the hidden order of this anarchy.
@Patriotic Pakistani: 'hysterical” India'. The last read was of women and children killed in Karachi today.
and in the case of India opressing muslims cristians bangalies hadrabadis and kashmires so its gose both ways only pointing finger to toward pakistan is the bad habit you indians got any way who cares what hindus from india says.
This means that the Democracy is still alive. Hamid should stop acting like a dictator !
@apoorva: Btw, you can also consider me your Pakistani sis. Happy independence day to you too.
Another shining example of hysterical india.
@Patriotic Pakistani: so u r contradicting ur self eh?? btw u can call me ur sis ( i ain't muslim though) .....happy independence day
long way to go for the indian democracy. good luck.
@apoorva: Don' worry bro, the "naya Pakistan" is confined to only one province and we are not harping about it to other countries. You are right we cannot expect this from "shining" but we can definitely expect this from "hysterical" India? right??? Cheers :)
@PatrioticPakistani: train got its engine malfunctioned more than 4 times in "naya pakistan" definitely this cant be expected from "shining" india.... :*
Jaitly is right;whole house is not of anrchists, the privilege belongs to BJP
what has pakistan to do with this??? kuchh bhi this newspaper is publishing....obsessed freaks pakistanis are....
What else can you expect from "shining" and "hysterical" India???