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Parliament adjourned over Nandigram issue


New Delhi : Both the houses of parliament were adjourned Monday till 12 noon after opposition MPs insisted on a discussion on the violence in West Bengal’s Nandigram region.

As the Lok Sabha met, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MPs asked for the suspension of question hour to discuss the violence in Nandigram in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district.

The region flared up in January this year over a proposed special economic zone (SEZ) with the ruling Communist Party of India (CPI-M) fighting a bitter war with Trinamool Congress-backed anti-land acquisition Bhumi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC).

Though the SEZ proposal was later scrapped, a turf battle that continued between the two groups has claimed about 34 lives officially besides leaving hundreds injured, many women raped, thousands homeless and houses and property damaged or looted.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the question hour should be allowed and the matter could be raised at noon. However, the opposition did not relent and the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s (CPI-M) MPs also stood up shouting, “What happened in Gujarat?”

Unable to control the MPs, Chatterjee adjourned the house at 11.10 a.m. Earlier, the speaker congratulated the Indian cricket team which won the one-day series against Pakistan.

“Let’s start on something good,” he said.

The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned due to pandemonium over Nandigram.