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Varanasi blasts rock Parliament

Both Houses were adjourned for the day following protests by the Opposition.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 16:41 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on Wednesday following protests by the opposition members over the Varanasi blasts.

The Opposition, led by the BJP, raised slogans holding the UPA Government responsible for the blasts that killed at least 28 people and left over 50 injured.

The Parliament was first adjourned till noon and then for the whole day.

Agitated members trooped into the well soon after the two Houses assembled and raised slogans like Har Har Mahadev, Jai Bajrang Bali and 'UPA Government down, down', disrupting the proceedings.

Amid the din, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the temple was "targeted understandably to cause communal tension in the country" and assured the Lok Sabha that the Government remained firmly committed to combating terrorism.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee condemned the blasts as "senseless acts of violence" and affirmed the country's strong resolve to maintain peace and tranquility and unitedly fight terrorism and violence.

In the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan said that such outrageous acts of terror were intended to "test our patience and secular credentials" and appealed to all sections of society to maintain peace and calm.

First Published: Mar 08, 2006 12:01 IST