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Parliament adjourned for the day over Ayodhya issue

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on Thursday, without transacting any business, amid pandemonium and confrontation between Opposition and ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members over the Ayodhya issue.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled, agitated Opposition members were on their feet demanding admission of their adjournment motion seeking to discuss Ayodhya where the situation was tense on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque.

Ruling party members were quick to respond with shouts of Jai Shri Ram stalling Question Hour.

Repeated pleas by Speaker G M C Balayogi to raise the issue after Question Hour went unheeded.

Although they did not storm the well, the Opposition members remained on their feet and kept repeating their demand.

Even as the Speaker ruled that members' remarks would not go on record, the decibel level remained high forcing him to adjourn the House for the day within minutes of its assembling.

The Congress, CPI-M, CPI, Samajwadi Party and BSP had given separate adjournment notices accusing the NDA government of failing to ensure maintenance of status quo at Ayodhya as per a Supreme Court order.

They have also charged the Centre with failure to bring to book the accused in the demolition case and prevent Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists from vitiating communal harmony.

They alleged the government was trying to dispose of the Ayodhya case in a surreptitious manner.

In the Rajya Sabha, the entire Opposition led by the Congress demanded a discussion on the demolition of the disputed structure at Ayodhya, which was brought in 1992, as soon as the House assembled for the day.

Even as Chairman Krishan Kant told C P Thirunavukkarasu (DMK) to ask a query during Question Hour, Suresh Pachauri (Cong) told Kant that the House should give precedence to a discussion on Ayodhya.

Pachauri drew the attention of the Chairman to a newspaper report, which said some Union ministers and MPs from the BJP and Shiv Sena met on Tuesday under the auspices of the VHP to discuss temple construction at Ayodhya.

These ministers and MPs, the newspaper said, had applauded VHP president Ashok Singhal as he declared the government would have to go unless the construction of the Ram temple began by March 12.

Though the prime minister, who was present in the House, remained quiet, party members countered the charge.

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