New Delhi: Continuing protests by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over coal block allocations disrupted parliament for the 12th day Thursday, even as Samajwadi Party (SP) members too joined in the protests inside both houses against the promotions quota.
The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha observed a minute’s silence in remembrance of those killed in a blaze in a firecracker unit in Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi town that killed 38 people. The trouble began soon after that as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members picked up their chant demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the coal block allocations.
Both houses were adjourned till noon.
As soon as both houses resumed their proceedings at 12 noon, the ruckus witnessed earlier was repeated, forcing the presiding officer to adjourn the Lok Sabha for the day while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde met leaders of opposition in an effort to break the logjam.
“I have met the leaders of opposition, asking them to let the house run so that important bills can be passed,” Shinde told reporters.
The BJP, however, rejected the government’s appeal, reiterating that the prime minister had to resign first.
“We have said that the prime minister should resign first and then we will discuss other things,” said BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.