Opposition sticks to demand for removal of Raja

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till Monday as no business could be transacted on Thursday, with the Opposition sticking to its demand for removal of Telecommunications Minister A. Raja and Congress members protesting the remarks of the former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, K.S. Sudershan, against party president Sonia Gandhi.

Friday has been declared a holiday for the MPs on account of the Chhath festival, which is widely celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

In the Lok Sabha, it was trouble from the start as Bharatiya Janata Party members rushed to the well, raising slogans against Mr. Raja on the basis of the Comptroller and Auditor-General's report, which is believed to have passed strictures against the 2G spectrum allocation. This policy, approved by Mr. Raja, caused a loss of about Rs 1.76 lakh crore, the CAG report is understood to have pointed out.

The BJP members were joined by those of the AIADMK and the Shiv Sena. CPI(M) members raised slogans from their seats. They were countered by the Congress members, some of whom trooped to the well raising slogans against the RSS, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House till noon.

When the House re-assembled, similar scenes were witnessed again, leading to its adjournment till Monday.

It was no different in the Rajya Sabha. Congress members, including Shantaram Naik, rushed to the well at the start of the day. They carried copies of a newspaper that reported the remarks of Mr. Sudershan.

BJP and AIADMK members also trooped into the well, demanding Mr. Raja's dismissal.

The House was adjourned till noon. But similar scenes occurred when the House met again. The Congress and Opposition members again rushed into the well. At this point, Deputy Chairman K. Rehman Khan adjourned the House till Monday.

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