Opposition uproar forces Lok Sabha adjournment till noon

May 22nd, 2012 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Meira Kumar New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Opposition uproar over a train accident in Andhra Pradesh that claimed 15 lives and a government auditor’s report on coal blocks allocation led to an adjournment of the Lok Sabha till noon Tuesday.

Soon after it met on the last day of the budget session, members from the opposition benches raised the two issues, just as Speaker Meira Kumar took up the question hour.

However, opposition members, particularly from the Left parties, raised slogans and waved a newspaper copy carrying the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2009 without auction, which the CAG said resulted in undue benefit to private parties to the tune of Rs.1.8 lakh crore (US $40 billion).

Some other opposition members raised the urgent issue of the train accident involving the Hampi Express that hit a stationary goods train in Anantapur district. The accident killed 15 persons in the early hours of Tuesday.

The agitated opposition members trooped towards the speaker’s chair and continued with their slogan shouting.

As her plea to let the question hour continue went unheeded, Meira Kumar adjourned the house till noon.

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