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Aiyar remarks spark uproar

Aiyar remarks spark uproar

Publication: The Daily Excelsior
Date: May 2, 2002

Uproarious scenes were witnessed early this morning in the Lok Sabha over some remarks about the army by Mani Shanker Aiyar (Cong) which annoyed members of the treasury benches who moved towards the well demanding apology from the member and subsequently his removal.

The turmoil continued for almost half-an-hour with ministers including Yashwant Sinha, George Fernandes, Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi taking strong exception to the remarks by Aiyar.

Deputy Speaker P M Sayeed after going through the records asked the member to withdraw and apologise for his remarks. Ruling party members were not satisfied with the member's apology and demanded action against him.

A visibly annoyed deputy leader of Congress Shivraj Patil was seen asking Aiyar to make amends.

Finally, Sayeed brought order to the house which was involved in a marathon discussion on the opposition-sponsored motion on Gujarat after which Home Minister L K Advani intervened in the debate. (PTI)

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