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Parliament returns to disruptions over demands for Chidambaram's ouster

Thursday December 08, 2011 07:34:15 PM, IANS

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New Delhi: Just a day after functioning smoothly, parliament was Thursday back to its old ways of repeated disruptions and adjournments during the pre-lunch sitting of both houses, this time over the opposition's demand for Home Minister P. Chidambaram's resignation.

After nearly 10 days of logjam over issues such as price rise, illegal money and FDI in multi-brand retail, opposition parties in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha returned to their old demand for Chidambaram's resignation for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam.

The protest was triggered by a special court hearing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case in 2G spectrum allocation allowing Janata Party chief Subramaniam Swamy depose on his plea that Chidmbaram be questioned in connection with the case.

The Lok Sabha was first adjourned till noon and later till 2 p.m. as members from opposition parties created a ruckus. As soon as the house assembled in the morning a day after almost peaceful proceedings, members from opposition parties rose to demand the home minister's ouster for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam during his tenure as finance minister.

"Chidambaram should go," shouted the protesting MPs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) creating a din the house. Ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) members advanced to the speaker's podium to shout slogans.

Speaker Meira Kumar suspended the crucial Question Hour and adjourned the house to meet at 12. The din continued when the house resumed, even as the speaker allowed an adjournment motion on rising prices. She asked Communist Party of India leader Gurudas Dasgupta to initiate the debate but the bedlam continued, forcing her to adjourn the house till 2 p.m.

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed repeated disruptions, with opposition MPs demanding Chidambaram's ouster. The upper house was also adjourned first till 12 and then till 2 p.m. on the issue.

Thursday was the 11th day of the 21-day long winter session. Parliament has already lost the first nine days of the session to opposition protests over various issues, including the government's controversial decision of allowing foreign equity in Indian retail trade. The decision was suspended that paved the way for parliament to resume Wednesday.

The post-luch session, however, witnessed a debate on price rise in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, apart from other regular business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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