The Opposition demand for resignation of external affairs minister SM Krishna for his alleged role in a mining scam led to repeated disruptions of both the Houses of Parliament forcing their adjournment till Monday.
Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said: “Congress and the UPA should not adopt double standards. Earlier when there was a report by Lokayukta, even without waiting for filing of FIR, the entire Congress demanded Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa’s resignation.”
He further asked, “How can Congress justify the continuation of Krishna as a cabinet minister after registration of FIR against him? The BJP demanded that prime minister should immediately dismiss Krishna and allow the law to take its own course.”
BJP members rushed to the Well in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha soon after Parliament met for the day leading to adjournment of the Question Hour.
In the Lok Sabha, the BJP members, led by Ananth Kumar, raised slogans ‘SM Krishna istifa do’ (SM Krishna resign). The sloganeering continued for some time and Speaker Meira Kumar, who had called for the Question Hour adjourned the proceedings till noon.
“Have shame! SM Krishna, you resign,” BJP members chanted in the Rajya Sabha prompting Chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn the proceedings till noon.
Similar scenes were scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha at noon and the proceedings were adjourned till 2.30 pm.
Minister moves HC against FIR
Bangalore: Union external affairs minister SM Krishna on Friday filed a petition in the Karnataka high court challenging the case registered against him in the Lokayukta special court
Krishna’s counsel maintained that when he was the chief minister of Karnataka (1999-2004), Krishna never allowed any illegal mining and sought to quash the proceedings against him.
He contested that he had not de-reserved any forest land for mining.