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Gujarat fake encounter rocks Parliament

Congress, SP and Left parties members demand Chief Minister Narendra Modi's resignation on the fake encounter issue, report Chetan Chauhan, Srinand Jha and Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: May 07, 2007 17:53 IST
Chetan Chauhan/Srinand Jha/Satyen Mohapatra
Chetan Chauhan/Srinand Jha/Satyen Mohapatra

Uproarious scenes were witnessed on Monday in both houses of Parliament over the issue of fake encounters in Gujarat, leading to adjournments in both houses. After two earlier adjournments, the Rajya Sabha finally adjourned for the day at 2.10 pm without transacting any business.

Immediately after the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, agitated members of the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Left parties were up on their feet to demand Chief Minister Narendra Modi's resignation on the fake encounter issue. BJP members countered this by raising the Nandigram issue. Speaker Somnath Chatterjee asked members to raise such matters during the zero hour, but members remained unrelenting. As the din continued, Chatterjee adjourned the House until noon.

In the Rajya Sabha, Shahid Siddiqui (SP) raised the matter as soon as the house assembled. Congress members also sprung up to their feet - raising slogans demanding dismissal of the Gujarat government and arrest of Modi.

BJP members led by Sushma Swaraj, on the other hand, tried to raise the matter relating to the letter of US Senators to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Indo-US nuclear deal. Brinda Karat (CPM) wanted the Prime Minister to give a statement in the House on the issue. She said the "threat" of the US senators was "insulting to the country and affected India's national sovereignty".

The BJP members also raised the matter concerning the "anti-India slogans" raised at a rally addressed by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Srinagar lately and shouted slogans of 'Kashmir bachao, desh bachao' (save Kashmir, save India).

Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat said he had not received any notice for suspension of Question Hour and said members could raise their issues during Zero Hour. However, tempers continued to remain frayed and the chairman adjourned the house until noon. When it re-convened at 12 pm, similar chaos prevailed and Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan adjourned the house until 2 pm. The house was finally adjourned for the day at 2.10 pm.

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