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BJP stages vociferous protest in Assembly over price rise

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 20:08

New Delhi: Opposition BJP on Tuesday staged a
vociferous protest in the Delhi Assembly on the issue of price
rise, forcing repeated adjournments.

The House witnessed pandemonium as soon as it was
convened with BJP and Congress MLAs locking horns over an
adjournment motion moved by Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra.

As soon as Malhotra requested Speaker Yoganand Shastri
to allow the adjournment motion on the issue of price rise,
Congress MLAs were on their feet vociferously protesting
against it.

Immediately, all the BJP MLAs stood up and started
shouting anti-government slogans, accusing the Sheila Dikshit
led government of doing nothing to rein in prices of essential

"At a time when all the people in the city are
affected by back breaking price rise of essential commodities,
the chief minister says the price rise has not at all affected
the people," said Malhotra.

As the din continued, some of the BJP MLAs came to the
well of the House and as several attempts to pacify agitated
MLAs did not fructify, the Speaker adjourned the House for 20

Same was the case when the House met again at 2:30 pm
forcing another adjournment. Similar scenes were repeated at
3:40 pm and 4:30 pm when the House met. Little business was
transacted in the House today.

BJP MLAs came rushing to the Well whenever the House
met, demanding the adjournment motion be taken up. At one
time, a BJP MLA even lied down on the floor and removed his
shirt as part of his protest.

Outside the House, Malhotra said it was "very
unfortunate" that the government was shying away from
having a discussion on a issue which has been affecting
residents of the national capital.


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 20:08
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