Phone tapping: Parliament adjourned till noon

New Delhi: Parliament was Tuesday adjourned till noon as opposition members vociferously demanded a probe into the alleged massacre of Sikhs in Haryana and alleged tapping of telephones of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha.

As soon as the Lok Sabha convened for the day, members of Akali Dal trooped into the Well demanding an inquiry into the alleged massacre of Sikhs in Rewari district in 1984 riots.

SP members raised slogans demanding caste-based census, while Shiv Sena members were seen waving placards and making a strong pitch for new trains in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar first adjourned the Question Hour till 11:15 a.m. and then till noon.

As the Lok Sabha re-convened at 11:15 a.m., the Speaker allowed leaders of some parties to make their points briefly.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj raised the grievances of Akali Dal members saying they were demanding an inquiry into the alleged massacre of Sikhs in Rewari, an incident which came to light recently.

The Speaker asked them to raise the issue during Zero Hour following which the Akali members returned to their seats.

AIADMK leader M Thambidurai demanded a statement from Home Minister P Chidambaram on the alleged tapping of telephones of Jayalalitha at the order of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue of inclusion of caste in census and said enumerators who had visited him had not sought details of caste.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav wanted inclusion of social indicators and economic status of various castes in the exercise.

Shiv Sena members Subhash Wankhede and Bhawana Gawli were in the aisle waving placards demanding trains between Nanded and Wardha, and Mumbai and Akola.

Question Hour could not take place in Rajya Sabha as members from BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal forced adjournment of the Upper House protesting the killing of Sikhs in Rewari.

As soon as the House commenced, members from these opposition parties led by Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia raised the issue waving newspapers.

They demanded that Home Minister P Chidambaram be called in the House and asked to respond.

Some members from these parties like Rudra Narayan Pany (BJP) and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD) also came to the Well shouting slogans.

Ahluwalia had earlier submitted a notice for adjournment of Question Hour.

Chairman Hamid Ansari tried to take up the first listed question but as the din continued and opposition members did not relent, he adjourned the House till noon.