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Opposition stalls Parliament over Razi's `conduct'

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MARCH 3. Parliament was adjourned for the third successive day today without transacting much business as a determined Opposition stalled proceedings over the "conduct" of the Governor of Jharkhand in inviting a minority United Progressive Alliance coalition to form the Government.

The Rajya Sabha was initially adjourned till two p.m. within minutes of assembling as tempers ran high and Opposition members raised slogans against the Government. The All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Samajwadi Party and the Telugu Desam Party joined the NDA members in protesting the Jharkhand Governor's action and demanding his recall.

When the House reassembled, the Bharatiya Janata Party members were again on their feet along with those of the TDP, AIADMK and the SP. Even as there was pandemonium in the House, Karan Singh (Congress) moved the motion of thanks on the President's address, which was seconded by Vayalar Ravi. Amid the din the Deputy Chairman, K. Rahman Khan, adjourned the House for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, no business could be transacted as an agitated Opposition forced two adjournments just half-an-hour into its sitting. Moments after the House began its second sitting at 11.30 a.m., Devendra Prasad, who was in the chair, adjourned it for the day.

`Undeclared emergency'

Later speaking to mediapersons, the SP leader, Amar Singh, said the Jharkhand Governor's action was "more lethal" than the Emergency declared in 1975. He alleged that the Congress was up to its old trick of toppling governments. "This is [an] undeclared emergency when Opposition voices are being muffled. However, by this it should not be taken that we are supportive of the NDA. It is a question of constitutional crisis and we oppose it."

The AIADMK leader, P.G. Narayanan, voicing his party's opposition to the "act of the Jharkhand Governor in violating the Constitution and democratic norms," clarified that this did not mean that his party was with the NDA.

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