Coalgate: Parliament adjourned till noon amid uproar

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Parliament adjourned
New Delhi, May 6: Parliament was adjourned till noon on Monday amid demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over twin issue of coal scam and allegations of bribery in connection with senior-level postings in the Railways.

Akali Dal members also forcefully raised the issue of the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case and demanded setting up of a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe allegations against him afresh.

In the Lok Sabha, soon after Speaker Meira Kumar welcomed a parliamentary delegation from the Maldives, BJP members were up on their feet raising slogans against the government. Akali Dal members were seen displaying placards demanding an SIT probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

BJD and AIADMK members were also on their feet but the issues they were trying to raise were not heard in the din.

SP members were raising slogans over implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations for welfare of religious minorities.

Amid the din, the Speaker called for the Question Hour but soon adjourned the proceedings till noon as members continued their protests.

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP stalled proceedings demanding resignation of the Prime Minister over alleged corruption in the government, forcing adjournment of the House till noon.

No sooner had Chairman Hamid Ansari called the House to order, BJP members started shouting slogans.

"Ab to yeh spasht hai, poori Congress bhrasht hai (Now it is clear, entire Congress is corrupt)," BJP members shouted as they moved into the Well.

As Ansari took up the first listed question, BJP members shouted "Pradhan Mantri Istifa do, Istifa do." Soon AIADMK members too joined them in the Well.

With members unrelenting, he adjourned the House till noon.

PTI

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