LS adjourned over West Bengal killings

  • IANS, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 03, 2009 18:56 IST

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the third time on Monday after Trinamool Congress MPs created an uproar in the house demanding time to speak on the killings in West Bengal.

Trinamool Congress members Kalyan Banerjee and Sudeep Bandyopadhyaya intervened as soon as Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MP Basudeb Acharia started speaking on a special discussion on price rise.

Demanding time to raise the issue of killings in West Bengal, Banerjee walked towards the speaker's podium.

Trinamool Congress, a coalition partner in the ruling UPA, has been accusing the CPI-M government in West Bengal for recent attacks on its party cadres in the state.

Two Trinamool Congress activists were killed and four critically injured allegedly by CPI-M workers in West Bengal's Burdwan district on July 29. Two Trinamool activists also received bullet injuries when they were attacked by a group of unknown assailants on Saturday in North 24-Parganas district.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee tried to intervene and pacify the Trinamool MPs. Meanwhile, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) intervened and criticised the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for disrupting the proceedings of the house.

Following this, Deputy Speaker Kariya Munda adjourned the house till 3 p.m.

Earlier, the house was adjourned for the first time when Left parties, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party joined hands to oppose the Congress-led government's plan to set up a separate development authority for the drought-hit Bundelkhand region that is spread across Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

The Lok Sabha was again adjourned when Samajwadi Party members created a ruckus, alleging that Uttar Pradesh was not being given its due share of Reliance Industries' Krishna-Godavari gas even after Petroleum Minister Murli Deora explained the government's stand on the matter.

 

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