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India's pepper-spraying parliament branded a 'disgrace' by media

Published on Feb 14, 2014 6:38 PM
 
An unidentified member of India's Parliament, holding a handkerchief to his face after being affected by pepper spray, leaves Parliament after scuffles inside the building in New Delhi, on Feb 13, 2014. India's normally disruptive parliament was widely derided on Friday, Feb 14, 2014, as having hit a new low after lawmakers fought, broke equipment and pepper-sprayed the chamber over a bill to create a new state. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's normally disruptive parliament was widely derided on Friday as having hit a new low after lawmakers fought, broke equipment and pepper-sprayed the chamber over a bill to create a new state.

India's media condemned the lawmakers' behaviour as "revolting" and a "disgrace to democracy" after mayhem erupted on Thursday over the bill to carve a new state out of existing Andhra Pradesh.

"Pepper spray in House leaves Indian democracy in tears" screamed the Times of India front-page headline on Friday, while the Hindustan Times called the chaos "a complete breakdown of parliamentary conduct".

"Even for a country with a long and unedifying history of parliamentary pandemonium, nothing can be as shameful and disgraceful as the use of pepper spray by a member on his peers to disrupt proceedings," the Hindu newspaper said in an editorial.

 
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