Lok Sabha adjourned again over Maharashtra violence

March 3rd, 2008 - 3:04 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Raj Thackeray

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the house Monday after failing to pacify some MPs who were demanding an explanation from the home minister on the violence against north Indians in Maharashtra. MPs from north Indian states shouted slogans and demanded an explanation from union Home Minister Shivraj Patil. They wanted to know why the union government had failed to take timely action to prevent the spread of violence.

In February, members of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) took to the streets and attacked north Indians working in Mumbai. One person had died and several were injured in the vandalism that continued for a few days before the Maharashtra government could control it.

The house had already been adjourned once over the issue Monday, for 10 minutes. But when it reconvened, the MPs did not pay heed to the speaker’s requests to calm down. Chatterjee then adjourned the house till 2 p.m.

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