BJP members walkout on inflation; return to stall
New Delhi: BJP members in the Lok Sabha on Friday returned half-way through walkout over price rise to demand resignation of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna for his alleged involvement in a mining scam, leading to adjournment
of the House for the day.
As Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj led a walkout of
NDA members expressing dissatisfaction over Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee's reply to a discussion on inflation, some of
her colleagues realised that Speaker Meira Kumar had called
for the Zero Hour.
BJP member Ananth Kumar, who had almost left the House,
turned back raising slogans and demanding resignation of
Krishna, whose name figures in a FIR filed by the Karnataka
Lokayukta Police yesterday on a private complaint alleging
that he facilitated illegal mining during his tenure as chief
The FIR also names former Karnataka chief ministers Dharam
Singh and HD Kumaraswamy.
A large number of BJP members, who were still in the
aisles, also turned back and trooped to the Well and began
raising slogans against Krishna.
"But you had just walked out," remarked Union Minister RPN Singh as he saw BJP members troop into the Well.
"Now we have come back," said a BJP member.
As the sloganeering continued, the Speaker adjourned the
proceedings till Monday.