Lok Sabha adjourned over Assam, black money

Lok Sabha adjourned over Assam, black money

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon Tuesday after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members disrupted the house proceedings over the issue of violence in Assam and its echo in Mumbai and to press demand that black money stashed abroad be brought back to the country.

Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house after NDA members led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) refused to allow proceedings and rushed towards the speaker's podium over the issue.

NDA ally Shiv Sena demanded statement from Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on violence in Mumbai that claimed two lives and left over 50 people injured. The BJP on Monday supported Baba Ramdev's indefinite fast against black money and corruption.

Amid the chaos, the Communist Party of India-Marxist members rushed to the well demanding food security bill be tabled in the house.

In Rajya Sabha, opposition BJP and Shiv Sena members raised the Mumbai violence issue the moment Chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat.

They, however, relented for a short while to enable the House to mourn the death of 250 people in twin earthquakes in Iran.

Soon after, they stood up and displayed photographs of Mumbai violence and did not heed to Ansari's plea to members not to display posters or photographs.

"There will be a discussion on this... we will take up the subject later. It has been decided in the morning (at a meeting with leaders of political parties). We are taking it up today," Ansari said.

After the Chair's assurance that the issue would be taken up at 1 PM, order was restored.

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