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Hyderabad blasts: Rajya Sabha adjourned twice

india Updated: Feb 22, 2013 14:15 IST
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The twin blasts in Hyderabad rocked both Houses of Parliament on Friday with Opposition members attacking the government for alleged lapses in matters of internal security.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice before lunch Friday as opposition members slammed the government for adopting a casual approach towards terror and demanded a discussion on the twin bomb attacks in Hyderabad.

The first adjournment took place soon after the house met at 11 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted the question hour adjourned to take up the Thursday evening bombings that killed 16 people.

Minister of state for home RPN Singh said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde would make a statement at 2.30p.m.

As the Opposition kept seeking an immediate discussion, chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till noon.

When the house met at noon, the chairman instructed the government to make an inquiry into the alleged mishandling of Rajya Sabha MP TN Seema. After that, he adjourned the house till 2.30 p.m. even as the opposition members termed the move "unfair".

BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu flashed a news report that claimed that the government had information that a blast could take place in Hyderabad.

Tamil MPs in the upper house meanwhile raised the issue of "war crimes" in Sri Lanka.

AIADMK and DMK members flashed pictures of the slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son, who was reportedly shot dead in cold blood in May 2009.

Earlier, as soon as the Lok Sabha met, speaker Meira Kumar made an obituary reference to the victims of the blasts in which several persons were killed and a large number injured.

"The House unequivocally condemns this barbaric and cowardly act of terrorism," Kumar said.

Members stood in silence for a while as a mark of respect to the departed.

Moments later the House plunged into chaos as BJP members raised slogans attacking the government for alleged lapses on matters of internal security.

Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who rushed to Hyderabad this morning, is expected to make a statement in the Lok Sabha at 2pm.

TDP members were seen waving copies of Telugu newspapers carrying reports of the Hyderabad blasts.

CPI(M) members were protesting alleged atrocities on its activists during the two-day strike against the government's "anti-labour" policies.

DMK members were in the Well waving photographs of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son who was allegedly shot dead by Sri Lankan forces.

As the din continued, the speaker adjourned the House till noon.

(With IANS and PTI inputs)