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Updated: August 3, 2011 01:48 IST

Opposition turns the heat on government

Vinay Kumar
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A TV grab of BJP members in the Lok Sabha during the first day of its monsoon session in New Delhi on Monday.
PTI A TV grab of BJP members in the Lok Sabha during the first day of its monsoon session in New Delhi on Monday.

Parties create a ruckus over diverse issues in both Houses

On the second day of the monsoon session of Parliament on Tuesday, members in both houses created a ruckus over diverse issues, forcing repeated adjournments before the presiding officers called it a day.

Price rise, the functioning of the Mayawati government, execution of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and Parliament House attack convict Afzal Guru and the poor financial health of national carrier Air India were issues raised by members.

The two Houses were adjourned for the day at 2 p.m. after two earlier adjournments, as members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Shiv Sena stormed the well on different issues.

Left parties in the Lok Sabha had given notice for an adjournment motion on the issue of price rise. Amid the confusion, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ajay Maken got up to make a suo motu statement on the irregularities in the hosting of the Commonwealth Games last year. He sought to drag in the erstwhile National Democratic Alliance regime. However, the Chair asked him to lay the statement on the table as the House was drowned in the din.

Both Houses were first adjourned for about an hour till noon and then till 2 p.m. because of the unruly scenes and slogans being raised by the members.

While SP leaders in the Lok Sabha targeted the Mayawati-led government in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly committing atrocities against farmers and demanded dismissal of the BSP government, members of the BSP carried placards demanding passage of the Land Acquisition Bill.

Shiv Sena members also trooped inside the well, raising slogans demanding execution of Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab and Parliament House attack convict Afzal Guru.

Similar scenes were witnessed when both Houses met again at 2 p.m., forcing the presiding officers to adjourn proceedings till Wednesday.

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