Ayodhya echoes in LS, House adjourned till noon
BJP-Shiv Sena and equally vociferous SP, Left and RJD members clashed leading to adjournment of the House.india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 12:08 IST
The 14th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid echoed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday with strident BJP-Shiv Sena and equally vociferous SP, Left and RJD members clashing leading to adjournment of the House till noon.
After Speaker Somnath Chatterjee made obituary references to two former members, Gokaran Prasad and KBK Deb Burman, and the House observed a minute's silence in their memory, all hell broke loose.
Shouting slogans, the BJP-Shiv Sena members waved placards which read "Jai Shri Ram, Mandir waheen banayenge" (Hail Lord Ram, we will construct temple at the same spot) and "Ram naam se sharmate, Afzal ko gale lagate" (Shy away from Lord Ram's name and embrace Afzal).
This was countered by SP, Left, RJD and some Congress members who raised anti-BJP slogans.
With UP elections round the corner, the mood of the House was clearly reflected as members came prepared for the battle ahead.
Shiv Sena members were supporting saffron scarfs in support of the Ayodhya cause.
While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee were present, Leader of the Opposition LK Advani, NDA Chairman Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were not seen.
In the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.