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Monday, March 08, 2010 01:15:21 PM, Agencies

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New Delhi: Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon on Monday following an opposition uproar to the Women’s Reservation Bill tabled by Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily.


Representatives of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Rashstriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) demanded reservation for Dalit, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and the minority community in the Bill.


In the Rajya Sabha, the SP and the RJD disrupted Question Hour over the implementation of the Mr. Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission Report on Minority Welfare.


Soon after the Chairman of the Upper House, Mohammad Hamid Ansari read out a message on the International Women''s Day, SP and RJD members demanded a discussion on why the commission’s report recommending reservation to minorities, was not being implemented.


Ansari said they could raise the issue during Zero Hour and pleaded with them to allow Question Hour to proceed.


SP and RJD members, however, continued to shout slogans seeking implementation of the report. They then moved towards the Well of the House forcing Ansari to adjourn the house.


In the Lok Sabha, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD president Lalu Prasad joined their party MPs in raising slogans as the speaker tried to continue the question hour amid the din.


Some SP and BSP MPs tried to disrupt the proceedings by gathering near the speaker’s podium. The MPs from the three parties demanded that the bill should ensure a “quota within the quota” for women from backward classes.


At one stage, Mulayam Singh had a verbal spat with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the leader of the house. A desperate Mukherjee appealed to Mulayam Yadav with folded hands to end the disruption.


Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sharad Yadav, one of the bitterest critics of the bill, was not present in the house.


Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and his deputy V. Narayanasamy also tried to pacify Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad but failed.


Unable to bring peace, the speaker adjourned the house at 11.20 a.m.






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