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Women’s Reservation Bill: Parliament adjourned till noon

New Delhi: Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon on Monday following an opposition uproar to the Women’s Reservation Bill tabled by Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily.

Representatives of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Rashstriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) demanded reservation for Dalit, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and the minority community in the Bill.

In the Rajya Sabha, the SP and the RJD disrupted Question Hour over the implementation of the Mr. Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission Report on Minority Welfare.

Soon after the Chairman of the Upper House, Mohammad Hamid Ansari read out a message on the International Women”s Day, SP and RJD members demanded a discussion on why the commission’s report recommending reservation to minorities, was not being implemented.

Ansari said they could raise the issue during Zero Hour and pleaded with them to allow Question Hour to proceed.

SP and RJD members, however, continued to shout slogans seeking implementation of the report. They then moved towards the Well of the House forcing Ansari to adjourn the house.

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