Lalitgate row: Lok Sabha adjourned for half-an-hour

NEW DELHI:Deadlock over Lalitgate and corruption continued today with slogan-shouting Opposition Members disrupting Question Hour proceedings in the Lok Sabha forcing a half-an-hour adjournment to press up their demand for sacking of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.
The Members of Congress and some other parties trooped into the Well to protest against Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejecting the notice of adjournment motion moved by Mallikarajun Kharge, M Veerappa Moily, KC Venugopal, Rajiv Satav (Congress), Jay Prakash Yadav (RJD) and others. While rejecting demand of suspension of Question Hour, Ms Mahajan said, the Members would be allowed to speak on their respective issues in the Zero Hour but this failed to pacify the Opposition who trooped into the Well displaying placards and raised slogans for almost 25 minutes until the Chair adjourned the House till 1200 hrs.
Meanwhile, the Speaker formalised Question Hour business and Ministers gave reply to some questions amid din.
Taking serious exception to the display of placards in the House, Ms Mahajan cautioned the Members to leave the posters outside and abide by the rules and norms. The Lalitgate issue has been stalling the proceedings in the House since the onset of the monsoon session last week. (AGENCIES)

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