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Parliament adjourned over blasts, Sri Lankan 'war crimes'

Parliament adjourned over blasts, Sri Lankan war crimes

New Delhi: Both houses of parliament were briefly adjourned Friday after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members noisily demanded a discussion on the twin blasts in Hyderabad.

In the Lok Sabha, MPs from Tamil parties took up the issue of the killing of Tamil Tigers' chief Prabhakaran's son. The uproar began as soon as the house met. Flashing pictures of the bullet-ridden body of the LTTE chief's son, members of AIADMK and DMK gathered near the speaker's podium.

BJP MPs added to the chaos as they shouted slogans demanding the suspension of Question Hour.

Speaker Meira Kumar's repeated requests to let Question Hour run and assurance that separate time would be allotted were unheard. She finally adjourned the house till 12 noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed in Rajya Sabha where BJP members demanded a statement from the home minister on Thursday evening's blasts in Hyderabad in which 16 people were killed and more than 100 injured.

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh informed the house that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde would make a statement at 2.30 p.m.

But this did not assuage the opposition MPs, who continued with sloganeering. Finally, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till 12 noon.


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