Govt ready to discuss Delhi riots after Holi: Lok Sabha Speaker
New Delhi: 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.
Even after Birla assuring that the discussion would take place on March 11 after Holi, members stormed into the Well demanding an immediate discussion. Birla also warned that members from both opposition and treasury benches, who cross over to the other side during uproar will 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. Amid the din, Birla adjourned the House for the day. Follow Delhi violence LIVE Updates
Birla 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.
(Inputs and image theindianexpress.com)