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Din over demand for fule price cuts prompts Lok Sabha (Lower House) adjournment


New Delhi : A strong demand for further cuts in petrol and diesel prices from the government’s key outside supporter Samajwadi Party and some allies like RJD today forced adjournment of the Lok Sabha for a brief period.

“The Leader of the House (Pranab Mukherjee) is here and government should immediately announce its stand,” SP leader Ramjilal Suman said, as he was supported vociferously by members of the opposition BJP, the Left parties, TDP and Shiv Sena.

“The prices of diesel should be lowered by at least Rs ten and there should be substantial reduction in the prices of cooking gas,” Suman said, adding that the reduction of Rs five and Rs two in the prices of petrol and diesel was “negligible” compared with the sharp fall in global prices.

RJD members also came out in support of the demand, with its leader Devendra Prasad Yadav saying “any move to reduce the prices should be announced in the House.”

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee told the agitated members that he cannot force the government to make any statement. “They will decide what to do.” As the din continued, Chatterjee adjourned the House for nearly half an hour.