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Houses adjourned over Maharashtra violence

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 12:21 IST
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Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned on Friday after noisy scenes over violence in Maharashtra that led to three people being killed and two trains being torched the day before.

Persistent demands from opposition members to suspend the question hour to discuss the violent incidents in Maharashtra, triggered by desecration of Dalit idol BR Ambedkar's statue in Kanpur, forced the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Immediately after the upper house assembled, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Mayawati demanded that the question hour be suspended and Thursday's incident be discussed.

Deputy Chairman M Rehman Khan said the issue could be discussed after the question hour.

Not satisfied with this, BSP MPs led by Mayawati advanced to the speaker's podium, even as Congress supported their demand. Rehman then adjourned the Rajya Sabha till 11.30 pm.