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The Indian Parliament’s House of the People (Lok Sabha) was adjourned when Hindu fundamentalists protested Left MPs’ decision to raise the issue of attacks on the Hopegivers International mission in Rajastahn.

The Times of India (03/13/06) – The Lok Sabha was on Monday abruptly adjourned after protests over alleged attacks on a Christian mission in Rajasthan.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourned the house after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members protested when Left MPs raised the issue during zero hour. The BJP is in power in Rajasthan.

Suresh Kurup of the Communist Party of India-Marxist said five of his colleagues had visited Kota in Rajasthan and found there has been a systematic campaign against the Emanuel Mission Institution there for the last three weeks.

According to Kurup, the state government had frozen the mission’s bank accounts, resulting in a shortage of food for the children lodged there.

But the BJP MPs protested against the remark, and Chatterjee adjourned the house after his repeated pleas to restore order were ignored.

The mission runs orphanages all across Rajasthan.