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Delhi riots: Parliament houses adjourned for fifth straight day


New Delhi, Mar 6: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the fifth consecutive day on Friday over Delhi violence, with the Opposition members shouted slogans and seeking a discussion on the riots in Delhi, which claimed at least 53 lives.
In Lok Sabha, between spells of adjournments, the House conducted business for a brief period and passed two Bills – the Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill — amidst continuous protests by the Opposition.
As soon as Lok Sabha assembled at 11 a.m, some members of the Congress and other Opposition parties such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Indian Union Muslim League trooped into the well of the House, seeking discussion on the riots and raising slogans demanding Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation.
Speaker Om Birla had earlier announced that the House would discuss the Delhi violence after the Holi break.
Many Opposition members also wore black bands on their arms in protest.
The Congress has been seeking discussion on the recent communal violence in Northeast Delhi which claimed 53 lives and left over 200 injured.
The House will reassemble on Wednesday (March 11) after the Holi break.
Ruckus in Rajya Sabha
In Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the government and the Opposition should sit together and resolve various issues for peaceful conduct of the House as he adjourned the proceedings amidst sloganeering by Opposition members over the Delhi violence.
Naidu termed the turn of events in both the Houses “unfortunate” before adjourning the Upper House of Parliament for the day barely 15 minutes after it assembled at 11 a.m.
The House will reassemble on March 11 after Holi.
As soon as Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur rose to lay a paper pertaining to his ministry, members of the Opposition parties, including the Congress, rose on their feet and started raising slogans over the Delhi riots.
Naidu urged the Opposition members to allow the proceedings of the House, but to no avail.
Soon, members of the Congress, DMK, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Samajwadi Party and the Left parties trooped into the well and continued their protest.