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Tuesday, 5 December, 2000, 16:03 GMT
Uproar in Indian parliament
Security guards near the disputed site
A commission is investigating the mosque's demolition
By Rajyasri Rao in Delhi

Business in both houses of the Indian Parliament has been adjourned until Wednesday following noisy scenes over opposition demands for the resignation of the Home Minister, LK Advani.

Indian home minister, LK Advani
LK Advani: Investigated over the mosque's destruction

The country's main investigating agency, the CBI, has been probing into Mr Advani's alleged involvement in the demolition of the Babri Mosque.

Eight years ago, Hindus tore down the mosque in the temple town of Ayodhya, claiming the shrine as the birthplace of their God Ram.

The demolition sparked bloody Hindu-Muslim riots across the country.

Three ministers summoned

A judicial commission of inquiry, set up by the government to investigate the circumstances leading to the demolition of the mosque, has served summons on Mr Advani along with two other central ministers to appear as witnesses this month.

The three ministers - L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti - all from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), are believed to have been present in Ayodhya at the time of the mosque's demolition.

The party decided last month to allow its members to appear before the commission despite apprehensions over possible damage to its reputation.

The party said that opposition members had no reason to demand the ministers' resignations, as they were appearing as witnesses and not accused.

Resignation demands 'will continue'

The commotion in parliament arose on Tuesday when opposition members said that the three BJP ministers are also facing charges in a special CBI court relating to the mosque's demolition.

Tuesday's furore comes a day ahead of the eighth anniversary of the controversial demolition of the mosque.

Observers say that opposition demands for Mr Advani's resignation are unlikely to recede for some time.

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