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Lok Sabha adjourned for the fifth time on adjournment issue

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 22 (UNI) The Lok Sabha was again adjourned till 1630 hours, the fifth time today, as irate Opposition members continued to protest over the government's reported move to bring in an ordinance to prevent disqualification of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other members for holding offices of profit.

As soon as the House reassembled at 1600 hours, the SP and BJP members again trooped into the well, displaying copies of newspaper which contained the news.

However, they settled down on the request of the Deputy Speaker Charnjit Singh Atwal, who was in the chair, to enable Leader of the Oppostion L K Advani to speak.

Mr Advani cautioned the ggovernment against adjourning the House sine die without properly consulting the poltical parties.

''Talks are doing rounds that the government has the intention of adjourning the House sine die... if this is true, I will caution the government that if any change has to take place, it has to be executed in consultation with the leaders of all the political parties,'' he said.

While reminding the earlier schedule mentioned the resumption of the Budget session on May 10, to go on till May 23, Mr Advani said any violation by the government would force them to approach the President.

Responding to the Leader of the Opposition, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said the government would not do anything which undermined the authority of the Parliament, and would consult the leaders of political parties on any move.

Refering to his own parlimentary experience since 1971, Mr Dasmunsi, however, asserted they ''were not afraid of any challenge,'' and charged the Opposition of making ''unnecessary noise'' just to avoid debate on the Scorpene deal.

Soon after his statment, the SP and the BJP members again trooped the well of the House and started raising slogans, after which the Chair adjourned the House till 1630 hrs.


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