The house was adjourned till 12 noon following protests by the BJP members demanding suspension of question hour to discuss the purportedly illegal land deals of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra. The protest forced Ansari to say, "Every single rule is being violated. If the honourable members wish the house to become a federation of anarchists, then it's a different thing."

As the house reassembled at 12 noon, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley said that the Rajya Sabha Chairperson overreacted and use of the words "federation of anarchists" was unparliamentary.

"The House wants his remarks withdrawn and expunged," said Jaitley.

Deputy Chairperson P.J. Kurien said that Ansari had used the word "wish" and this did not mean he called the House "a federation of anarchists". As BJP continued with its demand to expunge the word, Kurien said that he would look into the matter and come back to the House.

(Agencies)

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