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CPI-M, BJP men clash in RS for second day

The members clash in the Rajya Sabha again over attack on CPI(M) office, leading to prolonged disruption and a brief adjournment of the House.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2008 09:47 AM IST

For the second consecutive day, Left and BJP members clashed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday over attack on CPI(M) office in New Delhi, leading to prolonged disruption and a brief adjournment of the House.

The House witnessed uproarious scenes during the Zero Hour after Brinda Karat (CPI-M) charged BJP leaders in Delhi with provoking and inciting their workers to attack Communists all over the country.

"This is the kind of politics of violence and intolerance they (BJP leaders) are practising," she said, triggering spontaneous outburst from saffron party members.

Amidst shouts of "shame, shame" from the UPA benches, Karat said last night some BJP and RSS workers made an attempt to damage a building in Hyderabad and tried to burn the portrait of Sundaraiah, one of the greatest freedom fighters. She wanted the Home Minister to make a statement.

However, hitting back at Karat, senior BJP member M Venkaiah Naidu citied the violence in Nandigarm in West Bengal to silence their Left opponents and alleged that CPI(M) cadres had killed a large number of people in Kerala.

With members belonging to Left and BJP getting up from their seats and rushing towards the well, noisy scenes continued and the House was adjourned for five minutes to let the tempers cool down.

When the House reassembled, the Chair took up the next item listed for Zero Hour and observed that if members wanted further discussion, they could give a fresh notice.

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