Parliament adjourns over price rise issue protests

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New Delhi, Apr 15 : The opening day of the post-recess Budget Session of the Lok Sabha in Parliament was adjourned for the day on Tuesday, following noisy opposition protests over the price rise issue.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced the newly inducted seven ministers to the House.

Soon after that, members of the Bahujan Samaj Party and the BJP rushed to the Well of the House and raised slogans against the spiraling prices and the Government's failure to contain the inflation.

As the din continued, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had no option but to adjourn the House for the day.

"Those who are raising slogans will be dealt with properly. I am not going to permit any such thing," Chatterjee said.

Meanwhile, the Left parties, who offer outside support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, said that their members would march towards Parliament today to protest against the rising inflation.

They have also joined hands with the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA), a grouping of eight political parties in a week-long nation wide protest against price rise from Wednesday.

Tuesday's protests come in the wake of India's inflation touching a new high of 7.41 per cent in more than three years for the week ending March 29.

On Monday, Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition L.K.Advani lambasted the UPA Government for its failure to check the rising inflation and said the opposition would corner the Government on the issue in the Parliament session.

ANI

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