Rajya Sabha opens, and adjourns

December 23rd, 2008 - 12:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was adjourned within three minutes of its opening Tuesday, as opposition MPs created an uproar over remarks by Minority Affairs Minister A.R. Antulay and over the insurance bill.As soon as the upper house of parliament convened for the last day of the current session, MPs from the National Democratic Alliance started shouting slogans demanding a statement from Home Minister P. Chidambaram or the prime minister over the remarks made by Antulay following the killing of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

At the same time, MPs from Communist parties shouted slogans against the introduction of a bill that seeks to reform the insurance sector.

Presiding over the house, Vice President Hamid Ansari said: “Honorable members, this house is violating its own dignity. I have no option but to adjourn it till noon.”

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