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Opposition Stalls Parliament

PTI 10 Aug 2011, 23:43:32 IST
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New Delhi, Aug 10 :  Agitated BJP, Shiv Sena and SP members made a common cause in the Lok Sabha today on the issue of police firing on farmers in Maharashtra demanding immediate dismissal of the Congress-led government there.

The BJP members also shouted slogans denouncing the Central government and, especially Home Minister P Chidambaram, over the police "brutality" against party workers in Delhi during their protests yesterday.

The twin issues and the members' vociferous slogan-shouting led to two adjournments, first till noon minutes after assembling and then till 2 PM.

The protestors carried photographs of the injured and placards calling for "dismissal of Maharashtra government" for the police firing on farmers.

Three people, including a woman and child, were reportedly killed in the firing near Pune, while in Delhi, about 40 Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers were injured in lathi-charge during a protest march to Parliament against corruption and price rise.

Earlier, parliament was adjourned during Question Hour today as BJP, Shiv Sena and SP members protested against "police brutality" on its workers here and farmers in Pune, and demanded dismissal of the Maharashtra government.

Soon after an obituary reference in the Lok Sabha, BJP and Shiv Sena members walked into the well and shouted slogans against the Maharashtra government and lathi-charge on BJP youth wing activists in the national capital yesterday.

The members were holding placards that said "Dismiss the Maharashtra government which fired on farmers". Three people, including a woman and child, were reportedly killed in Pune.

BJP members, including its youth wing president Anurag Thakur, displayed newspaper clippings carrying reports of the lathi-charge on its workers during a protest march to Parliament against corruption and price rise. Around 40 Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers were injured.

SP members borrowed the placards from the Shiv Sena leaders and joined them in the well. Speaker Meira Kumar then adjourned the House till noon.

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP members began shouting slogans against the police action even before Chairman Hamid Ansari could settle down.

As Ansari took up the Question Hour, BJP members trooped into the well shouting slogans demanding Home Minister P Chidambaram's resignation over the issue.

Ruling benches countered the slogan shouting by demanding that Question Hour be taken up. Amid din, he adjourned the House till noon barely minutes after it met for the day. PTI