Several parties protested against the price hike with SP, Left, Trinamool Congress and AIADMK storming the Well of the Lok Sabha, while BJP members were on their feet.
In the Rajya Sabha, the entire NDA – BJP, JD-U, SAD and Shiv Sena – protested as also the Left parties along with AGP and BSP. SP members were in the aisle raising slogans.
“Roll back price hike in petrol,” the opposition members chanted in both the Houses.
While the Lok Sabha witnessed two adjournments, the Rajya Sabha saw three.
Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) accused the government of insulting Parliament by announcing the decision of petrol hike outside when the House was in session.
“This is insult to your dignity. This relates to the dignity of Parliament. Can you take Parliament so lightly?” Prasad asked in the Upper House pointing towards the Chair and the treasury benches.
State-owned oil companies had on March 1 announced a Rs 1.40 per litre increase in petrol price.