Parliament adjourned till noon after uproar over scam charges

Parliament adjourned till noon after uproar over scam charges

New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon on Monday following uproar over various charges of corruption by members of the opposition and treasury benches.

As soon as Speaker Meira Kumar read out obituary references in the Lok Sabha, opposition members trooped into the well demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe in the alleged irregularities in 2G spectrum allocation.

Congress members were also seen in the aisles waving placards ‘Punish Yeddyurappa to protect Karnataka from mining mafia´, ‘Book Bellary Brothers´, ‘Sack Yeddyurappa´.

As Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Cong) sought to enter the well, he was asked not to do so by an angry leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee.

Parliamentary affairs minister P. K. Bansal was also seen urging Congress members not to enter the well.

Amid sloganeering by opposition members including BJP, AIADMK, SP, Shiv Sena and counter-slogans from Congress members, Kumar adjourned the House till noon.

It was trouble from the word go in Rajya Sabha as opposition BJP and AIADMK members trooped into the well the moment chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat.

The opposition members raised slogans demanding constitution of a JPC to look into the alleged irregularities in allocation of 2G telecom spectrum.

Their protest was countered by ruling Congress members who raised the issue of land scam in Karnataka.

Some members carried banners demanding dismissal of the Karnataka chief minister. Some others carried banners reading ‘Book Bellary Brothers´ as they moved into the aisles.

Ansari took up the first listed question of the day and asked members not to display any banners.

“No banners please," he said, but members did not relent.

Ansari then adjourned the House till 12:00 noon.