Logjam continues, parliament adjourned (Lead)

August 30th, 2012 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Both houses of parliament were disrupted for the eighth day Thursday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) persisted with its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over coal block allocation.

The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were adjourned till 12 noon soon after the house met.

In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP members were on their feet demanding the prime minister’s resignation. Chairman Hamid Ansari urged members to let the question hour proceed. Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office V. Narayanasamy said he was ready to answer but the BJP members were unrelenting, forcing the house to be adjourned.

In the Lok Sabha, BJP members raised slogans, also forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the house till noon.

The BJP has been forcing adjournment of the house since last week over its demand for the prime minister’s resignation. It has also sought cancellation of coal block allotments on the basis of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report and inquiry by a special investigative team into the allocations.

The continuing stalemate has seen the BJP and Congress going hammer and tongs at each other over the past few days.

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