A pugnacious opposition launched a united protest in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday against the suspension of 25 Congress MPs, with members of the Congress, TMC and National Congress Party boycotting the proceedings, and the Left parties walking out after the House met accompanied by the SP and the RJD.
As soon as the House met for the day, members from Left parties, SP and RJD were not permitted to raise several points by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who also rejected their adjournment notices and asked them to raise their concerns during Zero Hour.
When the House subsequently took up Question Hour, Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav (RJD) raised slogans like 'take back suspension'.
He was soon joined by members from the Left and SP. After shouting slogans from their benches, the three parties staged a walkout.
Those who walked out included SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and P Karunakaran (CPI-M), leaving the opposition benches virtually deserted.
The front row of the opposition benches were completely empty, barring only one seat occupied by AIADMK leader P Venugopal.
The boycott of the Lok Sabha is expected to last for the next five days.