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Babri Masjid echoes in Parliament

The 14th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid echoes in Parliament with clashes leading to adjournment of both the houses, report HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 20:11 IST

The 14th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid echoes in Parliament on Wednesday with strident BJP-Shiv Sena and equally vociferous SP, Left and RJD members clashing leading to adjournment of both the Houses till 2 pm.

The turmoil first started in Lok Sabha soon after Speaker Somnath Chatterjee made obituary references to two former members, Gokaran Prasad and KBK Deb Burman. The BJP-Shiv Sena members waved placards, which read "Jai Shri Ram, Mandir waheen banayenge" (Hail Lord Ram, we will construct temple at the same spot) and "Ram naam se sharmate, Afzal ko gale lagate" (Shy away from Lord Ram's name and embrace Afzal), while shouting slogans against the government. Shiv Sena members were supporting saffron scarves in support of the Ayodhya cause.

This was countered by SP, Left, RJD and some Congress members who raised anti-BJP slogans and demanded LK Advani’s arrest.

While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee were present, Leader of the Opposition LK Advani, NDA Chairman Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were not seen.

In the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

When the House re-assembled, the shouting continued. The Speaker cleared a part of business of the day and then adjourned the house till afternoon.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned during Zero Hour with political parties locked horns over the Babri Masjid demolition issue. The SP-RJD-Left combine made forceful demands in the Upper House for punishing those responsible for pulling down the mosque. BJP and Shiv Sena MPs stormed the well shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans in a war-cry fashion.

The chaos that followed led deputy chairman K Rahman Khan to adjourn the House till 2 pm. The ruckus began when Amar Singh (SP) raised the Babri Masjid issue, triggering commotion in the House. No sooner had he mentioned it than BJP and Shiv Sena members became volatile and started raising slogans.

First Published: Dec 06, 2006 20:11 IST