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‘SGPC in Haryana’ rocks Parliament

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NEW DELHI: Functioning of both Houses of Parliament was disrupted in the morning session on Thursday over the proposed move to create a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Haryana, even as Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda offered to hold a referendum among the Sikhs living in the State.

Question hour became a casualty as the BJP and its ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), warned against the “move” to carve out a “Haryana SGPC.” Congressmen retaliated by pointing out that the views of Sikhs living in Haryana could not be ignored.

In the Lok Sabha, the BJP-SAD combine found ready support from the Samajwadi Party.

Trouble began in both Houses at the start of the proceedings itself. The Houses were immediately adjourned as SAD members Rattan Singh Ajnala and Harsimrat Kaur trooped into the well of the Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha, S.S. Ahluwalia of the BJP led the protest.

The protesters kept up a steady chant in the Rajya Sabha making it difficult to begin question hour. The Opposition relented to allow new members to take oath.

When both Houses met again, the Presiding Officers sought to take up question hour through persistent slogan-shouting, but gave in as the Opposition kept up its protest.

The BJP and SAD members raised the issue again when the Houses reassembled.

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