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Indian lawmakers walk out of Parliament in protest over spiralling prices, as Budget looms

Published on Jul 7, 2014 11:58 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian opposition lawmakers walked out of the opening session of the new Parliament on Monday in protest over spiralling prices, even as shares hit a record high ahead of the government's maiden budget.

The new right-wing government was attacked by lawmakers in the Lower House over surging food prices and a hike in fares on India's massive rail network.

The walkout by opposition MPs forced the lower decision-making house to adjourn early on the first day of sitting following a parliamentary recess. "We are protesting on behalf of the people. Inflation is a subject which touches the lives of every citizen," Mr Kamal Nath, a minister in the previous Congress party-led government, said after the walkout.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which came to power in May promising to revive a flagging economy, is expected to eschew overtly populist measures and stress financial discipline in the national budget slated to be released on Thursday.

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