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Quit Chidambaram clamour grows, Houses adjourned

Noisy protests by opposition members demanding removal of home minister P Chidambaram stalled proceedings in both houses of parliament today. Both the Houses were adjourned till Monday as protests grew louder over resignation demand. BJP blames Congress for Telangana 'betrayal'

delhi Updated: Dec 16, 2011 15:10 IST

The demands for sacking home minister P Chidambaram for reportedly helping a hotelier and dismissal of Karnataka government for alleged atrocities on Marathi-speaking people today disrupted Parliament, forcing its adjournment virtually without conducting any business.

The only business transacted was the passage of the Supplementary Demands for Grants for Railways for 2011-12 in the Lok Sabha by a voice vote amid vociferous slogan-shouting by Opposition members.

Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi could not reply to the debate, which took place on Thursday, and just laid the speech on the table of the House.

Trouble started as soon as the House met for the day with AIADMK and Left members trooping into the Well demanding sacking of Chidambaram. BJP members were also on their feet raising slogans.

NDA partner Shiv Sena members raised slogans holding placards demanding dismissal of the BJP government in Karnataka for alleged atrocities on Marathi-speaking people living on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border. NCP members also joined them in raising slogans.

Samajwadi Party MPs were also in the Well demanding sacking of Mayawati government over reports that BSP ministers were getting tractors at subsidised rates under a central scheme meant for drought-hit Bundelkhand region.

Similar scenes were noticed in the Rajya Sabha where members of even the ruling UPA ally NCP joined those from Shiv Sena in the Well raising slogans and carrying placards to demand dismissal of the Karnataka government. BJP and other members in the Upper House raised slogans demanding resignation of Chidambaram for allegedly misusing his office to help a former client by directing Delhi Police to close FIRs against him.

The placards held by Shiv Sena and NCP read "Dismiss Karnataka government for atrocities on Marathi-speaking people".

The SP members in Lok Sabha displayed newspapers and raised slogans alleging diversion of central funds.

While BJP members were on their feet, shouting slogans against Chidambaram, Shiv Sena members displayed newspaper clippings and placards which said "Sack Chidambaram".

In the din in Lok Sabha, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee replied to a question on Participatory Notes (PNs) and FIIs.

As the pandemonium continued, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon.

When the House reassembled, Deputy Speaker Karia Munda adjourned the House for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, as soon as Chairman Hamid Ansari called for Question Hour, Shiv Sena members raised the issue of alleged atrocities by the Karnataka government against Marathi-speaking people living along Karnataka-Maharashtra border.

Led by Manohar Joshi, Shiv Sena members trooped into the Well demanding dismissal of the Karnataka government.

On the other hand, BJP members demanded Chidambaram's resignation.

The noisy scenes led Ansari to adjourn proceedings till noon. The House was then adjourned for the day by Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan.

First Published: Dec 16, 2011 11:48 IST