Zero Hour disrupted in RS, SP members stage walk out

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New Delhi, Dec 7 (UNI) Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were thrown into a disarray today with members competing with each other to raise issues of HUJI terrorists sneaking into the national capital and Shiv Sainiks allegedly attacking members of a minority organisation, forcing the Chair to temporarily adjourn the House during Zero Hour, even as SP members staged a walkout.

After the members had laid papers listed against their names on the table of the House, BJP Chief Whip S S Ahluwalia sought the permission of the Chair to raise the issue of six Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia (HUJI) militants sneaking into Delhi to foment large-scale disturbances.

Vice-Chairman P J Kurien, who was in the Chair, said Mr Ahluwalia could raise the issue only after Zero Hour mentions had been made.

Mr Ahluwalia, however, stuck to his stand, saying it was a matter of utmost national importance, and the Home Minister must make a statement on the issue.

He said newspapers and TV channels were full of reports on the HUJI militants entering the capital, but the Government had been sleeping over the matter.

Mr Kurien said he would not concede this demand and would go by what was earlier decided by the Chairman.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party members also raised the issue of Shiv Sainiks allegedly attacking activists of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarrat (AIMMM) here yesterday in collusion with police.

They also wanted a reply from Home Minister to come out with a statement.

When their pleas were turned down by the Chair, they staged a walk out from the House in protest.

Some Congress members also joined the melee by demanding action against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his election speech wherein he allegedly defended the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a fake encounter.

The repeated pleas by Mr Kurien to the members to go back to their seats fell on deaf ears, forcing him to adjourn the House for ten minutes till 1230 hrs.

UNI

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