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BJP forces Rajya Sabha adjournment over Afzal hanging issue

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New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for an hour today as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members created uproar in the House over ''delay'' in the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case.

BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Mr S S Ahluwalia and Mr Rudra Narain Pani spearheaded the attack on the government for the delay in the hanging of Afzal, forcing Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to adjourn the House till 1200 hrs.

Amid the furore, Samajwadi Party members -- Mr Shahid Siddiqui and Mr Amar Singh - alleged that the Centre was planning to destabilise the Mulayam Singh government in Uttar Pradesh on the law and order issue which they claimed was ''perfect''.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced to the House the newly inducted minister in his Cabinet --Minister of Defence A K Anthony, Minister of State for Water Resources Jai Prakash Yadav and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting M H Ambareesh.

The Chairman also mourned the death of former member Bhanu Pratap Singh.

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