Inside details: How MPs behaved in Lok Sabha during Rafale debate
The Lok Sabha debate on the Rafale deal today witnessed a fiery war of words. While some chose to make jibes their weapons of choice, others chose a unique ammunition - paper planes. But this was not all.
Lok Sabha witnessed a ruckus when Congress president Rahul Gandhi initiated the debate in the house on the Rafale jet deal.
AIADMK MPs started raising slogans and tore off papers when Rahul Gandhi started his speech in the House. The MPs were later suspended for causing "grave disorder" in the House.
Perturbed by the disruption, Rahul Gandhi asked Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to intervene, saying, AIADMK MPs are creating a ruckus in order to save the PM. And would it possible to speak from another seat?
He then walked up to the seat between NK Premachandran and Rajesh Ranjan.
While he Gandhi tried to play the alleged audio discussion involving Goa minister Vishwajit Rane, the mike stopped working for more than five minutes. When the mike was back on, he began speaking and the mike stopped working again. And this time, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for five minutes.
Accusations fly, so do paper planes
When Finance Minister Arun Jaitley started speaking and he referred to the National Herald case, Congress MPs walked into the well of the house and started raising slogans.
What followed was a bombardment of paper planes by Congress MPs. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sunil Jhakar and Gurjeet Singh Ajula were making paper planes whereas Rajeev Satav, Ranjit Ranjan and Sushmita Deb launched these planes. Meanwhile, Gaurav Gogoi was given the task to shout slogans along with other MPs.
Talking to India Today later, Gogoi said, "We protested in the well of the house against the way Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tried to divert the attention from Rafale to other issues and ultimately deny a JPC probe into the Rafale deal."
Finally, when the Lok Sabha got adjourned, Congress MPs left the house shouting in unison their latest slogan 'Chowkidar Chor Hai'.