Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was Monday adjourned till Tuesday after being disrupted over various issues, including statehood for Telangana, demands for Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s resignation and the heckling of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

As soon as the lower house assembled after a month-long break for the second half of the budget session, Speaker Meira Kumar led the MPs in paying tributes to late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and victims of the April 4 building collapse in Thane where 74 people were killed.

Soon after that, members of Left parties first gathered near the speaker’s podium, shouting slogans against the West Bengal government and holding up placards like “Stop human rights violations in West Bengal”.

MPs from West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress followed immediately, protesting the heckling of Banerjee and state Finance Minister Amit Mitra in the national capital.

The Telegu Desam Party (TDP) as well as certain Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh were on their feet too, demanding that parliament take up the creation of a separate state of Telangana.

Following this, the speaker adjourned the house till 12 noon.

When the house reassembled, Shinde laid a statement on the rape of a five-year-old child who is being treated for grievous injuries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

There was a din as Bharatiya Janata Party members demanded Shinde’s resignation over the issue. The Left and the Trinamool also continued with their protests, prompting the speaker to adjourn the house till 2 p.m. and later for the day.

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