Lok Sabha adjourned twice over Antulay’s Karkare remarks (Lead)

December 22nd, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay’s remarks questioning the death of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare during the Mumbai terror strike continued to snowball Monday with the Lok Sabha being adjourned twice.The house was first adjourned after zero hour when the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members raised slogans against Antulay and approached the speaker’s podium. The disruptions continued when the house reconvened at 1 p.m. with MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA asking for Antulay’s removal.

Amid the din, the Life Insurance Corporation Act 1956 amendment bill was introduced in the house.

The Left parties sought a vote on the bill among the members present in the house. While the tumult continued, the voting was carried out — while NDA MPs did not cast their vote, 106 members voted in favour of tabling the bill in the house; 39 members were against it.

When the NDA members continued shouting, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the house — just a few minutes after it was reconvened.

Antulay watched the proceedings from the second row of the treasury benches. Later, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar asked Antulay to sit with him in the first row.

Antulay had hinted that Karkare’s death could be linked to the Sep 29 Malegaon bombing he was investigating and in which members of Hindu radical groups are the main suspects.

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