Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

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New Delhi, May 8: The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, after the opposition created a ruckus over various issues.

As soon as Lok Sabha reassembled at 12 noon after being adjourned for an hour at 11, BJP and other opposition members shouted slogans demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, and of Cabinet ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar.

Following this, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house sine die, two days before scheduled end of Budget Session.

Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla had announced that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would be adjourned sine die today.

On Wednesday, the Lok Sabha was adjourned minutes after the day's proceedings began at 11 am as Bharatiya Janata Party members advanced to the speaker's podium, demanding the Prime Minister's resignation. It also demanded the resignation of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister Bansal.

Speaker Meira Kumar's efforts to calm BJP members proved futile, and she had adjourned the house till 12 noon.

The scene in the Rajya Sabha was similar, with BJP members shouting slogans against the Prime Minister.

Amid the pandemonium, Chairman Hamid Ansari had adjourned the house till noon.

Both houses have seen repeated disruptions by opposition parties over the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum. The BJP has said it will not let Parliament function till Manmohan Singh resigns over the alleged involvement of his office in the irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum, and Bansal and Ashwani Kumar quit too.

While Bansal's nephew was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe for the appointment of a member of the Railway Board, Ashwani Kumar has come under attack in the Supreme Court for vetting the CBI report on coal allocation.

IANS

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