BJP stalls RS, protests Guj Lokayukta appointment
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Last Updated: Friday, September 02, 2011, 18:39
New Delhi: Demanding recall of Gujarat Governor over appointment of Lokayukta, BJP on Friday forced adjournment of the Rajya Sabha for the day, even as the government blamed the Opposition for disallowing passage of bills, important for engineering students.

The Upper House which had a considerable legislative agenda, could not transact any substantive business as slogan shouting BJP members trooped into the well forcing repeated adjournments.

The party, ruling in Gujarat, is protesting appointment of Lokayukta in the state by Governor Kamala Beniwal without consulting the Narendra Modi government.

Trouble began minutes after the House assembled for the day and between 11 am and 12:25 pm, the Chair had to adjourn the House four times. When it reassembled at 2.30 pm, the main Opposition continued protests forcing the Chair to adjourn the House for the day. The Rajya Sabha will now meet on Monday.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, who was to move three important bills relating to IITs, National Institute of Technology and the copyrights, said, "Without passage of these bills, students will not get their degrees."

He said the BJP was not letting the House function, a remark refuted by BJP Deputy Leader SS Ahluwalia.

The NIT amendment bill seeks to upgrade five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research by declaring them as 'institutes of national importance'.

In the morning, after Home Minister P Chidambaram made a statement on elections to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), BJP members rushed into the well shouting slogans demanding recall of the Gujarat Governor.


First Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 13:00

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