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BJP stages walkout in Lok Sabha over MLA's killing
December 01, 2005 17:31 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday staged a walk out in the Lok Sabha expressing dissatisfaction over the Centre's response to the killing of BJP legislator Krishananand Rai in Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.
As BJP Deputy leader V K Malhotra raised the issue during zero hour, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said, "It is not a central government matter. This is a state matter. I am sure all appropriate steps would be taken by the UP government."
Ram Gopal Yadav, whose Samajwadi Party heads the UP government, accused BJP of using the incident as an excuse to spread communal tension.
He alleged that in three districts of Eastern UP, the minorities were being targeted. Several houses have been burnt in the aftermath of the Tuesday killing, he said. Rai and six of his supporters were killed on Tuesday evening by suspected political rivals near a village in his Mohammadabad Assmbly constituency, 100 kilometres from Varanasi, when they were going to attend a marriage.