Parliament disrupted over petrol price hike

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 04, 2013 06:30 hrs

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Both houses of parliament were adjourned till noon Monday as the opposition disrupted proceedings, demanding a rollback of the hike in petrol prices.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met at 11 a.m., members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties started shouting slogans on the issue.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's repeated requests to allow question hour to proceed proved futile and the house was adjourned till noon.

There were similar scenes in the Rajya Sabha with the entire opposition as well as the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party disrupting proceedings.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the house amid commotion.

Petrol prices went up by Rs.1.40 a litre, excluding taxes, from March 1.

This was the second hike in over two weeks after the Feb 15 increase in the price of the fuel by Rs.1.50 a litre.

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