Uproar over VHP yatra paralyses Parliament



New Delhi, 26 Aug (PTI): The VHP’s controversial 84 Kosi yatra and subsequent developments paralysed Parliament with BJP and SP members creating an uproar, leading to the adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha twice before noon. Immediately after the swearing-in of new members, MPs from BJP and SP were on their feet in both houses, creating a ruckus over the yatra.

In the Lok Sabha, SP members trooped into the Well on the issue, even as BJP members led by Yogi Aditya Nath protested from their seats. At one point, agitating SP members returned to their seats after Speaker Meira Kumar assured them that their party leader would be allowed to raise the issue. Aditya Nath argued that he should be given an opportunity to speak first. Provoked by this, SP members again trooped into the Well. As the ruckus continued, the House was adjourned till 11.30 AM.

When it reassembled, similar scenes could be witnessed again and BJP members did not allow SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to speak. Two Congress members from the Seemandhra region kept shouting in the Well, holding placards demanding a united Andhra Pradesh. Amid the din, the House was adjourned till noon.

In the Rajya Sabha, SP members were on their feet alleging attack by BJP workers on their Delhi office, a charge strongly denied by the opposition party. Chairman Hamid Ansari’s repeated efforts to restore normalcy in the House did not yield result. He first adjourned the House for 15 minutes and then till noon.

Earlier, senior Congress leader BK Hariprasad, who was elected from Karnataka to the Upper House, took oath. In the Lok Sabha, two newly elected Congress MPs from Karnataka – actress-turned politician Ramya and DK Suresh – took oath as new members.


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