The proceedings of the Lok Sabha on February 6 were disrupted and finally adjourned for 50 minutes following noisy scenes by the Congress and Left parties demanding an inquiry into the government’s ‘handling’ on MP E Ahamed’s death.
Carrying his posters, the members of the two parties alleged that government delayed the announcement of Ahamed’s demise in order to ensure the Budget was presented on February 1.
When the House assembled on the fifth day of the Budget Session, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan made obituary references to the killing of 8 Odisha Armed Police personnel in a landmine blast and the death of 17 miners in a cave-in at a Jharkhand mine.
When the Speaker disallowed the issue from being raised during Question Hour, the protesting MPs said it was against democratic norms. The members then rushed to the Well holding placards in support of Ahamed. As the slogan shouting continued, an angry Mahajan adjourned the House’s proceedings till noon.
It may be noted that a majority of Treasury and Opposition benches vacant in view of campaigning for the coming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.