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Mumbai violence: Chavan meets PM to brief him

The issue of violence in Mumbai over Assam riots stalled proceedings in the Parliament for the 2nd consecutive day today. Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan today met the PM to brief him about the violence in Mumbai.

delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2012 15:53 IST

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to brief him about the violence in Mumbai following protests against Assam riots.

Chavan met the Prime Minister at his office in Parliament to explain the steps taken by his government to control the violence that broke out in Mumbai after a rally by Raza Academy on Saturday to protest the killings of Muslims in Assam.

"I met the Prime Minister to brief him about the violence in Mumbai and the action taken by the government," he said.

Chavan had reportedly sought an intelligence probe to ascertain the conspiracy angle in Saturday's rioting in Mumbai which claimed two lives and left 54 people injured.

He will also meet home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and other Central leaders during his visit in New Delhi.

Chavan appeared dismissive about opposition demands for removal of Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil.

Lok sabha adjourned

The issue of violence in Mumbai over Assam riots stalled proceedings in the Lok Sabha for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as opposition members stormed the Well demanding dismissal of Maharashtra government, leading to adjournment of the House till noon.

As soon as the House met, Shiv Sena and BJP members from Maharashtra trooped into the Well demanding dismissal of the Maharashtra government and a statement from home minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

The BJP members were also on their feet supporting them by raising slogans and demanding a statement on Assam riots from Shinde, who visited the strife-torn areas on Monday.

Members of Left parties were also in the Well and waved placards to seek universalisation of public distribution system.

'No Priority. No General. We demand universalisation of public distribution system' read a placard in the hand of CPI(M) member Bansa Gopal Chowdhury.

Speaker Meira Kumar tried to take up the Question Hour, but as opposition members were unrelenting she adjourned the House till noon.

Mumbai violence raised in RS

The issue of Mumbai violence had its echo in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday with a Bharatiya Janata Party leader questioning the "mentality" behind the protest.

"Their sympathy is with illegal migrants, not with the Assamese Bodo brothers. How are they related to Bangladeshis, what is the fault of India if there are atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh?" BJP leader Balbir Punj asked.

"It raises a question on the mentality behind the protest," he said.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also raised concern over the violence in Mumbai, saying life was effected for two days in the city. He alleged that shoes were hurled at the Amar Jawan Jyoti monument to the unknown soldier there.

Opposition members then became agitated and demanded the government to answer.

Deputy chairman PJ Kurien asked the opposition to give a notice. They, however, kept on insisting on a government response immediately. Amidst the din, the upper house was adjourned for 10 minutes.

Later, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde assured the house that the government was ready to take up the discussion. This pacified members.


First Published: Aug 14, 2012 11:43 IST