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SP roadblocks Rajya Sabha functioning

The perceived threat of UP's Assembly dissolution is giving SP sleepless nights, even as it tries to extract the best political mileage out of it, reports Satyen Mohapatra

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 19:22 IST

Slogan shouting members of Samajwadi Party on Monday forced the Rajya Sabha to be adjourned thrice in the morning on allegations that Centre was considering imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh.

As soon as the House met for the day SP members led by Shahid Siddiqui rushed to the Well and started shouting slogans against the central government and saying that a recommendation had been made to dismiss the UP government.

Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat adjourned the House for 15 minutes. When the House met again questions were taken up during the Question Hour without any trouble for about thirty minutes and then again Mr Siddiqui raised the issue.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri said that the Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal (who Members alleged made statement about UP government's dismissal) had refuted the statements attributed to him.

Mr Pachouri said that as Mr Jaiswal would make a statement in the House it was not proper on the part of the Members to disrupt the proceedings of the House.

As SP members did not listen Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat adjourned the House again  for ten minutes till 12 noon.

Unrelenting SP members again raised the issue during Zero Hour after Papers had been laid. Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan said  Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal would give a statement.

Mr Jaiswal said that Members had objected to his statement that the government was considering imposing President's rule in UP but he had never made any such statement.

"This proposal is not under consideration," he assured. This did not satisfy the SP Members who rushed into the Well and started shouting slogans demanding Home Minister Shivraj Patil to make a statement on the issue.

Some Congress members also rushed towards the well in protest who were brought back by Mr V Narayanswamy.

As Deputy chairman Rahman Khan's appeals to SP that they should allow the House to run remained unheeded, he adjourned the House till 2 pm.