New Delhi: The Congress-led UPA government had to face several embarrassments during the Budget Session in Parliament, but BJP’s support during such moments provided much needed respite to the government.
 
The absence of Congress MPs in both the houses of Parliament created embarrassing moments for the ruling coalition. The party, therefore, has decided to take action against ministers and MPs absent from the House, informed the sources in the party.
 
The Congress heavyweights felt uneasy during several occasions finding their own
Parliamentarians absent from House, when it confronted flak from opposition parties during the budget session, said the sources.
 
One such occasion was when the Pension Bill tabled in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The BJP has to extend its precious support for the passing of the bill. Similarly, the opposition also extended help on many other bills.
 
Since Ministers and MPs didn’t take roster seriously, the Congress party as well as the Government has decided to take curative measures to avoid similar situation in future.
 
Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal said that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings lost 24 hours and 43 minutes and 23 hours and 50 minutes respectively due to disruptions in the budget session, which ended prematurely.
 
He said that all political parties unanimously decided to end Parliament session prematurely in the wake assembly polls in the five states.
 
When asked that women’s reservation bill could not be tabled in the Lower House, Bansal said that consensus is being evolved on this issue.
 
Further, he informed that the government is in not in a mood to convene special session or extended session of budget, as the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) has decided to convene Monsoon Session of Parliament a bit early to compensate for the Budget Session.

JPN/Bureau