The turf war between Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) in West Bengal was reflected in the Lok Sabha twice on Thursday leading to adjournment of the House for an hour.
The political dislike for each other came to the fore during Zero Hour when the two parties clashed over fresh violence between their supporters, and again during a debate on price rise, when CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia was repeatedly jeered by Trinamool Congress members.
When Trinamool Congress Chief Whip Sudip Bandopadhyay raised the issue of violence between his party supporters and the Left workers in West Bengal, Left members, led by Acharia, countered the Trinamool attack, accusing them of being hand-in-glove with Maoists.
Bandopadhyay and his colleagues demanded that a central team be sent to the state to assess the situation and submit a report.
With the charges and counter-charges continuing unabated, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House for an hour.
The verbal clash was triggered by the latest violence in Hooghly district where a Trinamool worker was killed and six CPI(M) sympathisers were injured.
During the post-lunch sitting, when the House was debating price rise, Acharia rose to speak, but TC members, including Kalyan Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, started mocking at him, accusing the Left parties of turning "West Bengal into a killing field".
This angered Acharia, who told the Chair that he would not speak if the TC members were not controlled.