February 14, 2014

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”.

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