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BJP raise Doda killings, force LS adjournment

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) The BJP-Led Opposition today stalled the Lok Sabha proceedings over the Doda killings, forcing the adjournment of the Lok Sabha till 1130 hrs.

As soon as the House met, BJP Deputy leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra demanded the suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the issue.

In the meantime, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who won with a thumping majority in the recent Rae Bareli bypolls, took the oath of office as a member.

Mr Malhotra said it was condemnable that 32 innocents were killed in Doda and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir on April 29-30.

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee agreed that the incident was highly condemnable, and said the government had condemned such incidents in the past too. However, there was no case for an adjournment motion.

To the Opposition's allegation against Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, which was drowned in the din, he said this issue also did not merit an adjournment motion.

Intervening, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said he was willing to allow discussion on the Doda killings under Rule 193 at 1200 hrs, but the BJP members did not relent.

They trooped into the well of the House, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House till 1130 hrs.


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