Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday warned an agitating opposition member not to touch any of the parliamentary staff while protesting near his podium over the development in Karnataka.
"Don't touch my staff," a miffed Speaker said.
Birla's remarks came during Question Hour when opposition members including from the Congress, Trinamool Congress and DMK trooped near his podium accusing the BJP of destabilizing the Karnataka government.
The Speaker urged the agitating MPs to go back to their seats and let the Question Hour proceedings continue. The opposition MPs however were on their feet and shouting slogans like 'tanashahi nahi chalegi' and 'we want justice'.
"Issues related to states cannot be raised in this house. This is a state issue and related to constitutional posts", said Birla requesting the opposition MPs to sit down.
"I have allowed you to raise this issue twice on earlier occasions. Despite that i will allow you to speak during Zero Hour after laying the papers on the House," Birla said referring to Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who raised this issue last week.
After the Speaker's assurance, the opposition members went back to their seats and the Question Hour continued.