NEW DELHI: Parliament erupted in chaos on Thursday over a bill to create Telangana, with angry MPs coming to blows, pulling out a microphone and pepper spraying the chamber.

Waving banners and shouting slogans, lawmakers disrupted the lower house of Parliament as the Congress-led government introduced the contentious bill to create the new state called Telangana from an area in the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.

The chamber quickly descended into farce, as lawmakers opposed to the new state pulled out an official’s microphone and one unleashed a can of capsicum spray, prompting a rush for the exit, TV channels reported.

Several lawmakers had to be taken to hospital suffering breathing problems.

Small fights also took place between MPs opposed to the bill and several trying to stop the chaos and restore order, as the parliament, known for its disruptions, was adjourned, the news agency said.

Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath slammed the unrest as a “big blot on our parliamentary democracy”, and called for the “strongest possible” action against the offending MPs.

“It is the most shameful day in our parliamentary history,” Nath told reporters outside the Parliament.

Seventeen MPs were later suspended by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha over the unrest, which also saw several lawmakers ripping up official papers and one smashing a glass.

Cabinet last week approved the controversial move to create Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, after a long and violent campaign. … see more

source: times of india