After Telangana Bill passed, Lok Sabha TV blackout blamed on tech

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 19 2014, 22:50pm hrs
As the Telangana Bill was being passed in the Lok Sabha, LS TV was blacked out, causing many to blame the UPA govt for trying to hide the proceedings from the wider world - nine automatic cameras in Lok Sabha failed at once.

As soon as the Telangana Bill was taken up for consideration at around 3 pm yesterday and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde started speaking, the live telecast stopped, perhaps for the first time.

CEO of Lok Sabha TV Rajiv Mishra said today that the problem occurred as the signals from the cameras were not received in the mixer room located in Room No 50 in Parliament House from where the channel gets live feed.

He said while the audio feed was coming, the video feed was not.

Lok Sabha TV, which broadcasts the live coverage of all the proceedings, displayed 'House Adjourned' during that period. However, this was not the case as the proceedings were going on inside the House.

Some time later, the display changed to 'Live from Lok Sabha shortly'. But it never happened and the Telangana Bill was passed and the House was adjourned after 90 minutes of proceedings.

Mishra, who had ordered a probe into the technical problem, said the glitch was rectified after an affected cable was changed at 1 AM today.

He said the audio feed of the proceedings during the snag period will be uploaded on Lok Sabha as well as LS TV websites tomorrow.

Mishra said after the snag he had called an emergency meeting of the technical personnel and sought a report by today.

Earlier in the day, BJP condemned the blackout of Lok Sabha TV coverage and passed a resolution against it.

The blackout was planned and not a technical glitch as has been claimed by the Lok Sabha Secretariat yesterday, the BJP Parliamentary Party said.

The Parliamentary Party meeting, chaired by L K Advani, demanded that the proceedings be shown live when the bill is taken up in Rajya Sabha.

"A resolution has been passed by the party, saying the blackout was planned and not a technical glitch. This is in a way a disregard for democracy and democratic traditions were destroyed so that the country should not see the debate on the issue," the party's Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said.