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Protests on price rise stall Assembly

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday staged a vociferous protest in the Delhi Assembly on the issue of price rise, forcing repeated adjournments.

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2010 00:15 IST

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday staged a vociferous protest in the Delhi Assembly on the issue of price rise, forcing repeated adjournments.

The House witnessed pandemonium as soon as it was convened with the BJP and Congress MLAs locking horns over an adjournment motion moved by Leader of Opposition V.K. Malhotra.

As soon as Malhotra requested Speaker Yoganand Shastri to allow the adjournment motion on the issue of price rise, Congress MLAs were on their feet vociferously protesting against it.

Immediately, all the BJP MLAs stood up and started shouting anti-government slogans, accusing the Sheila Dikshit-government of “doing nothing” to rein in prices of essential commodities.

“At a time when all the people in the city are affected by back breaking price rise of essential commodities, the chief minister says the price rise has not at all affected the people,” said Malhotra.

As the din continued, some of the BJP MLAs came to the well of the House and as several attempts to pacify agitated MLAs did not fructify, the Speaker adjourned the House for 20 minutes.

The same scene was repeated when the House met again at 2:30 pm, forcing another adjournment.
Similar scenes were repeated at 3:40 pm and 4:30 pm, when the House met.

At one time, a BJP MLA even lied down on the floor and removed his shirt as protest.

Outside the House, Malhotra said it was “very unfortunate” that the government was shying away from having a discussion on an issue that has been affecting city residents.