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Proceedings in Parliament disrupted over price rise, Telangana

Last updated on: December 16, 2009 13:51 IST
Proceedings in both the houses of the Parliament were disrupted on Wednesday with the entire opposition creating uproar over price rise, while the Telugu Desam Party members protested against the creation of Telangana state.

Lok Sabha was adjourned twice during the Question Hour and later for the day after passage of three bills within 15 minutes amid din.

Rajya Sabha too was rocked during the Question Hour, forcing its adjournment, but normalcy returned after the house re-convened at 12:00 hours.

In the Lok Sabha, members from opposition parties trooped into the well as soon as the house met for the day. Members belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Left, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Shiv Sena raised slogans, saying prices of essential commodities were witnessing an increase since the United Progressive Alliance came to power at the Centre.

While National Democratic Alliance members chanted 'mehangai ko rok do, warna gaddi chor do (stop price rise or give up power),' SP members were shouting slogans like 'luuli langdi yeh sarkar, nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (lame government cannot run).'

TDP members, on their part, were raising slogans against creation of Telangana and demanding a unified Andhra Pradesh, even as their floor leader Nama Nageswara Rao was not present. Fissures in TDP were also visible as four of its members from non-Telengana areas were in the well carrying placards 'We want united AP,' while one of their party colleague was seen in his seat holding a placard 'Jai Telengana'.

Some Congress members were also displaying placards 'Jai Telangana' while being seated.

Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar disallowed the members from raising the price rise issue, saying she had rejected their notice for suspension of the Question Hour as the house had already debated the matter during this session.

When members did not heed to the chair's repeated pleas to resume their seats, she adjourned the house for 30 minutes. Similar scenes were seen when the house reassembled at 1130 hours, prompting the Speaker to adjourn it till 1200 hours.

As Lok Sabha met again for Zero Hour, members of entire opposition were again in the well, chanting slogans in support of their demands. Amid the din, some legislative business was conducted.

This included introduction of a bill for setting up of Commercial Division of High Courts and passage of three legislations -- National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Bill, Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill and National Rural Employment Guarantee (Amendment) Bill -- all within 15 minutes.

Afterwards, the Speaker adjourned the house for the day. Rajya Sabha witnessed similar scenes during the Question Hour. Opposition members were on their feet even before Chairman Hamid Ansari could even settle in his seat, with the BJP, Left and SP members raising slogans against price rise.

M V Mysura Reddy and Nandamuri Harikrishna (both of TDP) trooped into the well demanding a statement from government on the Telangana issue.

They said Andhra cannot be divided. A few Congress members from the state countered them. After five minutes of pandemonium, the house was adjourned for 30 minutes.

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