The stalemate in Parliament over coal block allocations entered the tenth day today as the BJP persisted with its demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till noon after the Opposition triggered a ruckus on the issue. Members of the DMK, AIADMK, CPI and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) were in the Well raising the Sri Lanka issue.

DMK members were opposing the training of Sri Lankan armed forces at an airbase in India, while AIADMK and VCK members were protesting the planned visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Madhya Pradesh.

Sensing the belligerent mood of the members Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the Lok Sabha till noon.

The Rajya Sabha too witnessed uproarious scenes soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari condoled the death of former member Bira Kesari Deo.

BJP members shouted slogans demanding resignation of the Prime Minister, while DMK members raised the issue of Sri Lankan defence personnel being trained in India.

Ansari asked members to sit down and let the Question Hour be taken up. But they were unrelenting.

The Chairman first stopped live telecast of the proceedings on television and soon after adjourned the House till noon.

(This article was published on September 4, 2012)
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