New Delhi: The issues of separate Telangana and price rise on Tuesday rocked the Lok Sabha on the first day of the second part of the Budget Session of the Parliament.

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As soon as the House made obituary references to former members Dinesh Pratap Singh and N K P Salve, Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M) and other members of Left parties were on their feet demanding suspension of Question Hour and a discussion on price rise.

Congress members from Telangana region rushed to the front rows, raised slogans and waved placards demanding a separate state.
Home Minister P Chidambaram, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Congress whip Ranee Narah persuaded the members to go back to their seats but they did not relent.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi as also Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee were present in the House when the protests took place.
Members of the Left parties were also seen pressing for their notice for suspension be taken up in the House.

"I have received your notice. I will allow you to raise the issue during Zero Hour. Let the Question Hour continue," Speaker Meira Kumar told the agitating members.

As the Telangana members continued to raise slogans, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Government under attack on price issue

Meanwhile, the government came under attack in the Lok Sabha on the issue of price rise with the Left parties demanding that an all-party meeting as also a conference of Chief Ministers be convened soon to take concrete steps to check the price line.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia accused the government of "total failure" in reining prices despite several assurances from the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.

"Despite these assurances, inflation has touched double digit. The livelihood of a vast majority of the people is affected ... One-fourth of the population is going to bed with an empty stomach," he said.

The government's "wrong policies" of allowing speculative trading in essential commodities and foodgrains were responsible for such high growth in prices, Acharia said, asking the government to take immediate concrete measures to check rising prices.

Demanding an all-party meeting and a meeting of Chief Ministers to discuss the "burning" issue, Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) said the government and its policies of liberalization and economic reforms have "completely failed".

Taking a dig at the slogan-shouting by Congress members from Telangana, he said, "The government cannot control even their own party members.

Its inability is exposed not only in the unbridled price rise, but in other areas too."

Dasgupta said the government had become "incompetent, insensitive and ineffective" and accused it of not implementing the unanimous resolution passed by the Parliament on the issue.

The resolution, adopted by both Houses last year, had directed the government to take necessary steps to contain prices.