BSP member waves black flag, earns Speaker’s displeasure
The 20th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on Thursday had its echo in the Lok Sabha with some members protesting against the incident while the Bharatiya Janata Party MPs reacted vociferously, disrupting the proceedings.
The day began with Bahujan Samaj Party member Shafiqur Rahman Burq waving a black flag to protest the demolition provoking angry reaction from the BJP and Shiv Sena members.
The action of the BSP member led to two adjournments and the House was adjourned until 2 p.m. with Speaker Meira Kumar expressing her displeasure over the waving of black flag in the House. She described it as an insult to Parliament.
The BJP and Shiv Sena members repeatedly stormed into the well of the House, demanding naming of Mr. Barq.
Several members, including Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M), demanded action on the report of Liberhan Commission which probed the Masjid demolition as well as against those responsible for the incident, resulting in absolute chaos in the House followed by the adjournment of the question hour.
The proceedings were again disrupted at noon as the BJP and the Shiv Sena members continued to demand action against the BSP member.
When the House reassembled post-lunch, the BJP and the Shiv Sena members again came into the well of the House, raising slogans seeking construction of a temple at the disputed site. They were countered by Samajwadi Party members.
This led Deputy Speaker Karia Munda to adjourn the House for the day.
Earlier, Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) raised procedural objections to the listing of the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2011 in Thursday’s business and urged the Speaker to postpone the matter.
Mr. Kariya Munda, who was in the Chair, announced that the Speaker had acceded to Mr. Dasgupta’s request and postponed the consideration and passage of the Bill.
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