Speaker adjourns budget debate amid opposition protest for Manickchand apology
House Speaker Raphael Trotman was forced to prematurely adjourn the budget debate yesterday after APNU parliamentarians created a ruckus to prevent Minister of Education Priya Manickchand from speaking as they demanded an apology over remarks she made in reference to the father of former member Jaipaul Sharma.
Members of Parliament (MPs) of the main coalition banged on their desks as Manickchand rose to make her contribution to the debate. “Apology to Sharma! Apology to Sharma” the members chanted even as Trotman kept calling for order in the house. AFC MPs had also staged a walkout when Trotman announced it was time for the Minister to make her contribution.