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CPI accuses BJP of 'political hooliganism' in Parliament

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New delhi feb 23 (UNI) Accusing the BJP and its allies of ''political hooliganism'' in Parliament, the CPI said this had prevented other parties from raising matters of urgent public importance like farmers' issues, rise in prices of essential commodities and the government move to privatise banking sector.

The Left party also came down heavily on the Congress for changing the schedule for winding up the debate on the motion of thanks by Opposition leader L K Advani yesterday, saying, ''The Congress and BJP decide something of which we are not aware.'' At a press conference veteran CPI Parliamentary group leader in the Lok Sabha Gurudas Dasgupta said the BJP was out to ''monopolise'' the Houses and make ''total misuse of parliamentary system''.

The BJP members had created an uproar in both Houses of Parliament forcing their adjournment today in protest against the government's alleged interference in the affairs of the CBI over Mr L K Advani's discharge in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

CPI deputy leader C K Chandrappan, chief whip Ajoy Chakraborty and Mr Sudhakar Reddy were also present at the press conference, where they demanded that the government reopen the Jessica Lal case, move the higher court, hand investigations over to CBI and the Home Ministry monitor the case.

Stating that parliamentary sittings were being reduced to less than 100 days in a year, Mr Dasgupta said if the BJP had to say anything or seek clarification from the PM, who gave reply on the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address today, they were welcome.

''Even if they want to bring in a vote of no confidence against the government within the rule book, no one has any objection.

But it cannot be allowed to put the parliamentary proeedings to hold on issues of public importance,'' the CPI leader said.

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