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Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over Singur issue

The Upper House witnesses disruptions at Zero Hour as NDA express concern over the health of Mamata, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 18:47 IST

Echoes of the Singur controversy were heard in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, leading to the adjournment of the Upper House twice before lunch.

The first hour of the day in Rajya Sabha had progressed without any interruptions. Disruptions, however, started as the Zero Hour began with NDA members expressing concern over the health condition of Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee, who is protesting against the transfer of farmland to Tatas for a small car project Singur, entered the ninth day of her indefinite fast.

Trinamool Congress MP, Dinesh Trivedi first raised the Singur issue, soon after the Question Hour got over. Trivedi was backed by some noisy support from NDA members, including Sushma Swaraj, and the Shiv Sena.

Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan said that the Trinamool's and NDA's Zero Hour notice was under the consideration of House Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat but failed to contain the protests.

NDA members, led by SS Ahluwalia, alleged that the West Bengal government had given 1,000 acres of cultivable land to the Tatas while the police were beating up the protesting farmers. The sloganeering continued and Khan was forced to adjourn the House for 15 minutes, from 12-15 pm to 12-30 pm.

At 12-30 pm, when the House reassembled, the sloganeering continued and amid the din, Khan asked members to lay their Special Mentions instead of reading them.

After about 10 minutes, with the opposition members showing no signs of relenting, Khan again adjourned the House till 2 pm.

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First Published: Dec 12, 2006 18:47 IST