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Uproar over Ayodhya yatra paralyses Parliament
August 26, 2013 , 2 : 42 pm GST
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Right-wing Hindu activists scuffle with Indian police personnel during a protest in New Delhi on August 26, 2013, against the stopping of a march to a pilgrimage town where the 1992 razing of a mosque sparked deadly sectarian riots. Photo - AFP
VHP's controversial Ayodhya yatra and subsequent developments paralysed Parliament today with BJP and SP members creating uproar leading to adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha twice before noon.
Immediately after swearing-in of new members in both Houses, MPs from BJP and SP were on their feet creating uproar over the yatra.
In the Lok Sabha, SP members trooped into the Well on the issue, even as BJP members led by Yogi Aditya Nath protested from their seats.
At one point, agitating SP members returned to their seats after Speaker Meira Kumar assured them that their party leader would be allowed to raise the issue.
Aditya Nath argued that he should be given an opportunity to speak first.
Provoked by this, SP members again trooped into the Well. As ruckus continued, the House was adjourned till 11.30 AM.
When it reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed and BJP members did not allow SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to speak.
Two Congress members from Seemandhra region kept shouting in the Well holding placards demanding united Andhra Pradesh.
Amid din, the House was adjourned till noon. In the Rajya Sabha, SP members were on their feet alleging attack by BJP workers on their Delhi office, a charge strongly denied by the main opposition party.
Chairman Hamid Ansari's repeated efforts to restore normalcy in the House did not yield result. He first adjourned the House for 15 minutes and then till noon.
Earlier, senior Congress leader B K Hariprasad, who was elected from Karnataka to the Upper House, took oath.
In the Lok Sabha, two newly elected Congress MPs from Karnataka - actress-turned politician Ramya and D K Suresh - took oath as new members.
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