Special Correspondent

Opposition seeks dismissal of Union and West Bengal Governments

NEW DELHI: The Opposition disrupted Parliament proceedings for the second on Friday to protest over the Nandigram killings and reiterated their demand for dismissal of the West Bengal Government.

While no business could be transacted during question hour in both Houses, the Lok Sabha cleared the agenda for the day, amid loud protests by the Opposition members.

In the Rajya Sabha, only papers could be tabled before the House was adjourned and it met again for sometime for private members business.

Pandemonium broke out as soon as the Lok Sabha assembled, with the Opposition and the Left members clashing over Nandigram and the naxal killings in Chhattisgarh. Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal adjourned the House for an hour.

When the House re-assembled, the Government went ahead with the tabling of the papers, important statements and took up the Appropriation Bill, 2007 and two other bills. The business was conducted despite the Opposition raising slogans against the Centre and the West Bengal Government.

With Varkala Radhakrishnan in the Chair, the entire business was conducted within an hour and the House adjourned till 3.30 p.m. when Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Minister of State for Agriculture Akhilesh Prasad Singh made statements on the Nandigram and Chhattisgarh killings and on bonus on minimum support price for wheat. This was followed by the private members business.

Frequent adjournments

The Rajya Sabha, too, witnessed frequent adjournments on Nandigram. But for tabling of papers no business was conducted in the pre-lunch session.