Dalit killings rock LS
New Delhi, July 31
THE ISSUE of killing of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh today rocked the Lok Sabha with slogan-raising BSP members demanding immediate dismissal of the BJP-led state government, forcing abrupt adjournment of the house for the day.
The BSP members, joined by their leader Mayawati, stormed the well of the house demanding that the house take up the issue for discussion forthwith. Efforts by Speaker G M C Balayogi to restore order proved futile as the members continued to stall proceedings.
In the din, the papers listed on the day's agenda were tabled. A statement by Home Minister L K Advani on the killing of Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan Devi was also tabled. The house was earlier adjourned till 1400 hours on the same issue. As soon as the house assembled for the day, BSP members were on their feet shouting slogans against the state government charging it with being anti-Dalit.
Congress members P R Dasmunshi, Santosh Mohan Dev and Naresh Pugalia and RJD member Raghuvansh Prasad Singh were heard demanding the presence of the Prime Minister in the house and a statement from him on his resignation offer made at the BJP parliamentary party meeting this morning.