Scuffle In Rajya Sabha As Liberhan Report Is Tabled In Parliament

The Liberhan Commission Report on Babri Masjid demolition and Action Taken Report on it was on Tuesday tabled in Lok Sabha, but in the Rajya Sabha an unseemly scuffle took place after Home Minister Chidambaram
scuffle in rajya sabha as liberhan report is...
PTI November 24, 2009 17:17 IST

The Liberhan Commission Report on Babri Masjid demolition and Action Taken Report on it was on Tuesday tabled in Lok Sabha, but in the Rajya Sabha an unseemly scuffle took place after Home Minister Chidambaram placed the report. 

BJP and Shiv Sena members shouted Jai Shri Ram as the Home Minister tabled the report., Soon, agitated members of Samajwadi Party led by Amar Singh trooped into the well of the House and opposed the sloganeering. A scuffle took place between SP and BJP members led by Amar Singh and S S Ahluwalia respectively and the deputy chairman Rehman Khan quickly adjourned the House. 

In the Lok Sabha, the  English version of the report was tabled by Home Minister during Zero Hour a day after the leakage of the findings set off a political storm. 

The decision to table the report of the Commission was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet  early in the morning,  chaired by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is away in the United States. 

The Commission, headed by Justice M S Liberhan, probed the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 and submitted its findings to the government on June 30 this year after an inquiry spanning nearly 17 years. 

Publication of excerpts of the report had sparked a furore with the main opposition BJP accusing the government of "selectively leaking" the report which is believed to have indicted top BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and other functionaries for the demolition of the structure. 

Congress had hit back saying the whole nation knows that the BJP had shed "crocodile tears" after its senior functionaries had watched people causing destruction and mayhem.

In the Rajya Sabha , the scuffle between BJP and Samajwadi Party members  took place amid slogan shouting soon after Home Minister P Chidambaram tabled the Liberhan Commission report on the demolition of Babri Masjid. 

As the Home Minister rose up to lay a copy of the report during Zero Hour, the BJP members started chanting "Jai Sriram". 

This infuriated SP member Amar Singh who led his party colleagues to BJP senior member S S Ahluwalia in the front row and pounced upon him by catching his collar. Singh and Ahluwalia were separated by their party colleagues. 

The unruly scene upset Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan so much that he left the Chair without even announcing the adjournment of the House. 

After Singh and SP members went back to their seats, they shouted counter slogans "Ya Ali. Ya Ali". The House was adjourned till 1400 hours. PTI

 
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