Lok Sabha adjourned for the day over price rise

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day over price rise

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari asking the Members to maintain decorum in their respective Houses during strong protest by them on the issue of price rise, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

The protests were back at zero hour. The speaker tried to conduct the business of the house and asked ministers to lay various papers. She also conducted some legislative business in the din, but ultimately gave up at about 12.20 p.m. and adjourned the house for the day.

When the house reassembled after the first adjournment during question hour, MPs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party (SP), the Left parties, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Biju Janata Dal gathered near the podium shouting slogans like "Mehngai pe rok lagao (Contain inflation)" and "Yeh sarkar badalni hai (This government has to be changed)".

When the pandemonium continued, the speaker adjourned the house till 12 noon.
As the unrest over price rise was on, members of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) raised placards for a "united Andhra Pradesh" while Congress MPs held up placards that said "Jai Telangana (Hail Telangana)".

The trouble had begun as soon as the house met at 11 a.m. with MPs from the Left parties and the SP disrupting question hour on the issue of price rise.
The speaker asked them to maintain decorum and reminded them that price rise was debated on Nov 26. However, the MPs continued to agitate, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house till 11.30 a.m.
The morning had started with a demonstration outside the house - at the gates of Parliament House - by MPs of the Left parties and SP.
Among those at the demonstration at the main gate of parliament were SP leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, Communist Party of India-Marxist's MP Brinda Karat and Communist Party of India's Gurudas Dasgupta.
They would continue the protests both inside and outside parliament, the leaders said.
"We will take the issue to the streets. We will compel the government to change its policy, otherwise we will change this anti-people government," said Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The protestors demanded universalisation of the public distribution system (PDS) and control on prices of essential commodities. They also want to bring essential commodities under the PDS at subsidised rates.

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