Mamata-CPM faceoff leads to Lok Sabha adjournment

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's unsuccessful attempt to raise the Nandigram issue in Lok Sabha today led to her faceoff with CPI(M) members, resulting in adjournment of the House for about 40 minutes.

Soon after Parliamentary Affairs Minister P R Dasmunsi requested for cancellation of lunch hour to take up urgent legislative business, particularly the Maintenance of Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Bill,2007, Ms Banerjee stood up and tried to draw the House attention to the Nandigram issue.

The House has already discussed the issue under rule 193 which does not envisage voting.

Even as Ms Banerjee tried in vain to raise the issue, some CPI(M) members stood up opposing it with Tarit Baran Topdar wondering why she was in the House in the first place when she had reportedly resigned.

Amid raging controversy over violence in Nandigram, the Trinamool Congress leader had reportedly sent her resignation to the Prime Minister with a copy to the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Amid slanging match between her and Marxists members which led to ruckus in the House, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned it till 1330 hrs.

Later, Ms Banerjee was seen talking with Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in the well of the House.


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