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House adjourned amid protests over alleged CBI misuse

SP chief Akhilesh gets Oppn backing

House adjourned amid protests over alleged CBI misuse
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Lucknow/New Delhi: The BSP, the Congress and the AAP on Monday came out in support of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav amid reports the CBI may quiz him in an illegal mining case and accused the BJP-led NDA government of resorting to "vendetta politics".

The possibility of the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) questioning their party supremo also irked the Samajwadi Party(SP) MPs in the Lok Sabha where they kicked up a ruckus and tore and flung papers at the Speaker's desk.

Facing flak, the CBI came out with details about the mining case in Uttar Pradesh with its officials claiming that the office of Yadav when he was the chief minister had cleared 13 projects in one single day.

The CBI claimed that Yadav, who also held the mining portfolio for some time, cleared 14 leases out of which 13 were approved on February 17, 2013, in violation of the e-tendering process.

The CBI highlighted the role of Yadav after he accused the BJP government at the Centre of misusing the central probe agency for its political gains.

Ahead of a formal announcement of a pre-poll alliance with the SP, BSP chief Mayawati telephoned Yadav and extended her full support to him, telling him not to be shaken by any "gimmicks".

Yadav may face a CBI probe in a case of illegal mining, according to the agency FIR made public Saturday, the day the SP and the BSP indicated their intent to join hands in Uttar Pradesh to fight the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. The agency had also carried out searches at 14 locations.

In the Lok Sabha, the ruckus created by the SP members led to adjournment of the House ahead of the scheduled time.

The SP members were protesting since the House reconvened after the weekend recess.

Congress members too were in the Well of the House holding placards demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee(JPC) probe on the Rafale jet deal.

The protests by SP, Congress, AIADMK and TDP led to three adjournments of Lok Sabha, before it was adjourned for the day by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan when SP members tore papers and flung them at her desk.

SP members stormed the Well of the House and tried to snatch the papers of Lok Sabha officials who were sitting at the desk of the Secretary-General. They alleged a nexus between the Centre and the CBI in the sand mining case.

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