In a record of sorts, proceedings in the Lok Sabha collapsed today for absence of as many as 28 members who had raised questions.
Speaker Meira Kumar was forced to adjourn the House till 1200 Hours after taking up three questions, as members, who had raised the questions, were not present in the House.
Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee as also Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal were seen surprised when members belonging to various political parties, including Congress, were absent after giving notices for the questions.
The Speaker called out names of 28 members, including Varun Gandhi (BJP), Madhu Goud Yakshi, Eknath Gaikawad, Shruti Choudhary, B Jhansi Lakhsmi (all Cong), Anandrao Adsul, Shivaji Adhalrao Patil (Shiv Sena), Prabodh Panda (CPI), Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JDU) and Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM), but none of them was present.
Altogether 17 questions were not taken up for want of members.
The proceedings were taking place amid protests by members of Left parties and Samajwadi Party criticising the government's move to send a Central team to assess the law and order situation in West Bengal.
A Central team has reached West Bengal to assess the law and order situation in the wake of persistent demands by the Trinamool Congress. The state has witnessed an upswing in Maoist violence as well as clashes between Trinamool Congress and CPI (M) workers.