Samajawadi Party (SP) leader Yashvir Singh Wednesday snatched a copy of the bill on quota in promotions from Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy in the Lok Sabha, leading to the house being adjourned for the day.
Yashvir Singh snatched the copy as Narayanasamy was about to table it in the house for its consideration and passing.
However, this did not go down well with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who immediately tried to grab the document from Yashvir Singh's hand.
Speaker Meira Kumar, visibly surprised with the suddenness of the act, immediately adjourned the house for the day.
Government sources said an angry Sonia Gandhi accompanied the speaker to her chamber and discussed the issue with her.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that in his 32 years, he had never seen such an incident which "disrespects the parliament" and the government would urge the speaker to take action against the Samajwadi Party member.
"It's a sad day for parliamentary democracy. A section of house will disrupt the proceeding and not allow debate to be taken up. They may have a different view but they can debate and vote against it. If you don't allow the house to function, how will the parliament work?" he said.
"The government will bring the bill to the Lok Sabha tomorrow (Thursday). Adamancy of a party has to be reflected in the debate. This is frustrating parliamentary democracy," Kamal Nath added.
The Constitution (One Hundred Seventeenth Amendment) Bill, 2012, was passed in the Rajya Sabha Monday.