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Uproar over Guwahati violence

The violence in Guwahati by tribals demanding ST status created an uproar in the Lok Sabha forcing its adjournment for an hour.

delhi Updated: Nov 27, 2007 16:40 IST

The violence in Guwahati in the wake of a demonstration by tribals demanding Scheduled Tribes status created an uproar in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, forcing its adjournment for an hour.

The House witnessed a verbal duel between BJP member Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs B K Handique, who hails from Assam, in the wake of Home Minister Shivraj Patil's statement on the matter.

Rijiju was seen complaining about wordings in the statement which, he alleged, was against tribals, a point sought to be countered by Handique.

BJP Deputy Leader VK Malhotra also expressed his unhappiness over the statement saying details of several tribals missing and the reported stripping of a tribal woman did not find mention.

As acrimonious exchanges continued and Rijiju came into the well, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the House. Earlier, when several members who had given notices wanted to speak on the subject, Chatterjee said he would allow a discussion depending on availability of the Home Minister.