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House adjourned over PM's remark

The BJP-Shiv Sena seek PM's apology over his remark that Muslims have the first claim on country's wealth.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 15:25 IST

Both Houses of Parliament on Monday witnessed pandemonium over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks that Muslims would have the first claim on country's resources with Opposition BJP-Shiv Sena demanding an apology from the PM.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned twice in the pre-lunch session.

As the Houses met for the day, Opposition members were on their feet protesting prime minister's statement made at the Inter-State Council meeting on Saturday.

In the Lok Sabha, Deputy Leader of the Opposition VK Malhotra demanded suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the issue.

"I have the right to seek suspension of the Question Hour," Malhotra said as other BJP members demanded an apology from the Prime Minister and waved copies of his speech.

Malhotra was unrelenting when the Speaker said he could raise the matter after the Question Hour.

The uproar continued for about seven minutes after which the Speaker adjourned the House till 1130 hours.

When the House met again, similar scenes prevailed and the Speaker adjourned it till noon.