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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Parliament adjourned over Shibu Soren issue

National News : Shibu SorenAmid noisy scenes, Parliament was was adjourned till 1200 hrs over the Shibu Soren issue.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled, Leader of the Opposition L K Advani wanted to make a statement on the issue of former Union Minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha president Shibu Soren, who was convicted yesterday in a murder case.

However, Speaker Somnath Chatterje did not allow Mr Advani to speak at that time but assured him time at 1200 hrs. Angry BJP and NDA members were on their feet, disrupting the proceedings of the House.

The NDA was supported by Samajwadi Party members on the issue. As the Speaker remained firm on his stand, the NDA members started raising slogans asking the Prime Minister to apologise. Intervening in the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P R Dasmunsi said the manner in which the Opposition wanted to raise the issue was not acceptable.

The Speaker said he has not even received a notice on the issue and in order to pacify the agitated BJP members, even read out a letter written by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee requesting him that disruption of the question hour should not be allowed.

Howver, the BJP and NDA members became more agitated and raised slogans.

Mr Dasmunshi said ''this only shows that the BJP has even disowned their own leader and that is the reason Mr Vajpayee had not even come to the House.'' The Speaker said that it was due to such scenes that a foreign coach had made a remark on Parliamentarians. He then adourned the House at 1125 hrs till 1200 hrs.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha with Leader of the Opposition Jaswant Singh demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh make a statement on the issue.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil wanted to make a statement on the issue but Mr Singh said only the Prime Minister should do so. Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat then adjourned the Upper House at 1145 hrs till 1200 hrs.

from Oneindia

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