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Govt ready to discuss Delhi riots after Holi: Lok Sabha Speaker

The Lok Sabha was adjourned after it reconvened at 2 pm amid din over the riots, which has claimed the lives of 47 people so far.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 3, 2020 8:49:07 pm
Govt will discuss issue of northeast Delhi violence after Holi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla told the Lower House that the issue of Delhi violence would be taken up for discussion after Holi. (File photo)

The government is ready to hold a discussion on the issue of violence in northeast Delhi after Holi, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla told the House on Tuesday. He said that the matter can be taken up after the festival amid uproar in the Lower House demanding immediate discussion on the issue.

The Lok Sabha witnessed disruption in its proceedings for the second day in a row as the BJP and opposition members tried to shove each other amid demands from the opposition for an immediate discussion on the worst communal riots in Delhi in three decades, which has claimed the lives of 47 people so far. Follow Delhi violence LIVE Updates

Even after Birla assured that the discussion would take place on March 11 after Holi, members stormed into the Well demanding an immediate discussion. He also warned that members from both opposition and treasury benches, who cross over to the other side during uproar would be suspended for the entire session.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, however, walked over to the side of the Well facing the Treasury benches, which led to a commotion between BJP and opposition members. Congress alleged the government was trying to “run away” from a debate on the Delhi riots and the centre’s stand against immediate discussion indicated the biggest “vote of no confidence” in the Parliament.

Amid the din, Birla adjourned the House for the day. The Lok Sabha speaker also held an all-party meeting over the House impasse to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament and also cautioned against flashing any placards.

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed a similar commotion as Minister of State (MoS) for Finance Anurag Thakur was booed by opposition benches as he got up to lay listed papers, resulting in heated arguments.

Meanwhile, addressing leaders at a BJP parliamentary party meeting this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Peace, unity and harmony are prerequisites for development”, according to a PTI report.

-with PTI inputs

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