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A day of din as SP stalls House proceedings
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 2
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned several times today as Samajwadi Party members repeatedly stalled the proceedings protesting a CBI probe ordered against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, alleging a political conspiracy by the Congress ahead of the assembly poll.
This time, over CBI probe against UP CM

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at noon after two brief adjournments with SP members storming the well of the House, raising anti-government slogans and terming the CBI as Congress Bureau of Investigation. The SP has been accusing the Congress of using CBI for settling political scores.

It was almost a similar story in the Rajya Sabha which saw two adjournments in the pre-lunch sitting.

Amid noisy scenes, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee announced that the scheduled sitting for Monday (March 5) has been cancelled. Holi is being celebrated on Sunday. The announcement was greeted by members who wished the Speaker ‘holi mubarak’.

The Speaker, who has been witnessing disruptions day after day, however, made known his displeasure over the members’ behaviour. He retorted: “kaam hone se mubarak hoga (it would be welcomed only when the House is allowed to function)”.

As the din continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day after ordering the laying of papers listed for the day and members giving submissions on the business for the next week.

“I am expressing great agony. The House is not functioning day after day. People are criticising us,” he observed.

The Mulayam Singh matter cropped up as soon as the two Houses met for the day and the question hour got derailed in the din over the issue in the Lok Sabha.

In the Upper House, SP leader Amar Singh was seen displaying a CD of an alleged conversation between a TV reporter and the person who filed a PIL against Yadav, charging him with having disproportionate assets, following which the Supreme Court yesterday ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI against Yadav and his family.

All the while Congress MPs kept countering SP members demanding that the Chief Minister should resign in view of the Apex Court’s order. The presence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha encouraged party MPs, especially those from UP, to launch a counter-attack.

The first few days of Budget session were rocked by Quattrocchi issue and Parliament witnessed deliberations only yesterday after government and Opposition reached some understanding.



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