Parliament disrupted for sixth day on coal block issue

Parliament disrupted for sixth day on coal block issue

Parliament disrupted for sixth day on coal block issue
BJP disrupted Parliament proceedings for the sixth day today by creating uproar over coal block allocation issue and pressing for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Amid counter slogans by Congress members, both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha saw two adjournments with din prevailing as the two Houses assembled for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, DMK members were also seen protesting against the government for training Sri Lankan forces at airbases in India, though they remained in the aisle and did not enter the Well. Members of the DMK, a key constituent of the ruling UPA, were seen carrying placards that read 'Stop Training Sri Lankan Army'.

While BJP members entered the Well, their colleagues from NDA allies Shiv Sena, JD-U and Akali Dal raised slogans from their seats.

Congress members, led by Minister Ambika Soni, countered the Opposition by shouting back from their benches, with some of them moving to the aisle but being stopped from moving ahead by party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Lower House, which first adjourned till noon, got adjourned again minutes after Speaker Meira Kumar ordered laying of papers. She also took the sense of the House and announced that the proceedings for tomorrow would be cancelled on account of Onam.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha with BJP members raising slogans like "beimano ki sarkar nahi chalegi (the governemnt of the corrupt will not continue)" and "Koyle ki dalali hai, Congress sarkar Kali hai (brokerage of coal has tarred Congress government black)."

BJP members paid no heed to repeated warnings by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien that shouting slogans amounted to "blatant violations of rules."

As DMK members also moved into the aisle carrying placards, Kurien warned them saying, "What you are doing is blatant violation of rules, don't do it."

CPI leader D Raja, who had given a notice for discussion on India training Sri Lankan soldiers, also stood up to raise the matter.

Amid the uproar, Kurien adjourned the House till 2 PM after announcing that the sitting of the House has been cancelled tomorrow on account of Onam.

Earlier when the House met for the day, DMK members started exhibiting placards while BJP members shouted slogans demanding resignation of the Prime Minister.

Chairman Hamid Ansari pleaded with the members not to display banners or raise slogans but his appeals for restoration of order went unheeded. He then adjourned the House till noon.