Samajwadi Party (SP) and BJP disrupted Lok Sabha proceedings Monday morning with each trading charges for their conduct over the 84-kosi parikrama around Ayodhya by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
SP members led by party chief whip Shailendra Kumar trooped into the well to protest alleged attempts by BJP to disrupt harmony in Uttar Pradesh through the VHP yatra. BJP members protested,remaining in their seats.
Speaker Meira Kumar tried to pacify them,saying the leaders would be allowed to speak on the issue. SP members again protested when BJP member Yogi Adityanath wanted to speak first forcing an adjournment till 11:30 am.
Proceedings were disrupted again when the House reassembled leading to another adjournment till noon. Proceedings were disrupted in the Rajya Sabha as well by SP members.
When the Chair allowed both sides to speak after the House assembled,SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the BJP of fomenting riots and disregarding orders of the Supreme Court and the Constitution.
They (BJP) do not respect the judiciary,they disregard the Constitution. The Supreme Court ordered status quo (at the disputed site in Ayodhya) and we are maintaining that. They are disregarding it… There is no vote bank left with them so they want riots… Even sants have condemned them, he said.
Yadav invoked his 1990 act of firing at kar-sevaks to stop them from proceeding towards the site.
We know how to stop hooliganism. We have stopped it in the past, he asserted.
Yogi Adityanath said,There have been 30 communal riots in Uttar Pradesh in the last one year and Hindus have been harassed and jailed but cases against terrorists have been withdrawn. Government land has been allotted for graveyards…This government (led by SP) should be dismissed.
Adityanath charged the SP-led government with violating the fundamental right to organise religious yatras by sants.
BJP member sought to distance the party from the VHP movement claiming it was purely a religious yatra…
Sensing an opportunity to score brownie points,leaders from JD(U) (Sharad Yadav),RJD (Lalu Prasad),BSP (Dara Singh Chauhan) and CPM (Basudeb Acharia) pleaded the chair to allow them to speak.
Only Sharad Yadav got an opportunity to speak but was cut short when BJP members protested against criticism of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leading to another adjournment till 2 pm when the House took up discussion on the Food Security Bill without any disturbance.