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SP members stall proceedings

  • Somnath unhappy over behaviour of members
  • Amar Singh displays a compact disc in the Rajya Sabha

    NEW DELHI: Business in both Houses of Parliament was affected on Friday with the Samajwadi Party, along with the Telugu Desam Party, the Asom Gana Parishad and the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, staging a noisy protest. They were agitated over the ordering of a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the assets of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh. They alleged that the Congress was behind the "political conspiracy."

    The solidarity among the parties, demonstrated the other day outside Parliament over the anti-media order of Andhra Pradesh, was witnessed in the Lok Sabha. As SP members, led by Akhilesh Yadav, trooped into the well of the House, AGP and TDP members stood in the aisle or at their desk.

    Congress members from Uttar Pradesh, Rajesh Mishra, Surendra Goyal, Jitin Prasad and Bijender Singh, and Sarvey Satyanarayana from Andhra Pradesh countered the slogan-shouting by the SP members, even as Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi watched the happenings.

    Adjournments

    Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the House twice during question hour and later adjourned it for the day, expressing anguish over the behaviour of some members. Appealing for cooperation, he said people were criticising MPs for the goings-on in the House.

    Barring the tabling of papers, no business was transacted in the House.

    In the Rajya Sabha too, there was a furore over the CBI probe ordered by the Supreme Court, causing two adjournments.

    The first one took place soon after the session began and the second time the House was adjourned till 2.30 p.m.

    SP leader Amar Singh was seen displaying a compact disc, allegedly containing a conversation between a correspondent of a television channel and the person whose public interest litigation petition against Mr. Mulayam Singh in the apex court on disproportionate assets led to the CBI probe.

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