RS adjourned for 45 minutes--courtesy 'Kissa Kursi Ka'

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) It was indeed the 'Kissa Kursi Ka' (Chairman's seat) that forced adjournment of Rajya Sabha for 45 minutes during Zero Hour although the immediate provocation was CPI-M leader Brinda Karat's allegations of "Hindu extremists" being involved in bomb explosions at Malegaon in Maharashtra.

Earlier, the House was adjourned for 10 minutes after Ms Karat alleged that Hindu 'extremists' (she named two) were involved in Malegaon bomb explosions.

Ms Karat, who had given notice for raising the issue after a report appeared in a national daily this morning, also blamed the media for jumping into conclusion and "demonising" a particular community without any evidence.

For some time, Ms Karat spoke without interruption. However, the trouble started when she repeatedly looked at BJP members during her speech. This was objected to by senior BJP member Yashwant Sinha. Mr Sinha was joined by his party members.

Amid noisy protests and counter-protests, Deputy Chairman Rahman Khan got up from his seat in an attempt to pacify the agitated members.

As he rose, the seat became loose and the marshals were summoned to fix it. However, as the work took some time, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House for ten minutes.

During the adjournment, the marshals were still struggling to fix the seat.

After the ten-minute adjournment at 1245 hrs., the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House till 1330 hrs.

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