Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar forcefully said on Thursday that she would not adjourn the house and recalled the sacrifice of the nine who died protecting parliament from a terror attack 11 years ago. But her pleas fell on deaf ears and the House was repeatedly adjourned over demands for the hanging of attack accused Afzal Guru and the coal allotment scandal.
There was ruckus in the Lok Sabha with the BJP and Shiv Sena demanding the hanging of Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for the terror attack on Parliament, while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members gathered near the Speaker’s podium over coal scam.
The House observed a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the nine people killed in the December 13, 2001 attack. The bedlam began soon after as members of BJP and Shiv Sena gathered near the Speaker’s podium shouting slogans demanding that Afzal Guru be hanged.
“I will not adjourn the House today. We have just paid tributes to people who gave their lives protecting parliament. Did they give life for this,” she asked sternly.
But this had little impact, and members of both parties continued with the sloganeering, forcing the Speaker to first adjourn the House till 11.30 a.m. and later till noon.
As House met again, BSP members gathered near the Speaker’s podium over allegations of irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, forcing another adjournment till 2 p.m.
Parliament was attacked by five armed Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists.
Nine people were killed and over 15 injured in the attack. Four people — Afzal Guru, Delhi University professor, S.A.R. Geelani, Navjot Sandhu alias Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru — were arrested in connection with the case.