New Delhi: Government's efforts to avert a confrontation in Parliament on Wednesday came to a naught with the Opposition pressing for adjournment motions on price rise and blackmoney, paralysing the Winter session for the second day. No work was transacted in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha as uproar was also witnessed on other issues including, separate Telangana, leading to their adjournment for the day.
Added to the Opposition uproar were protests by two key UPA allies - DMK and NCP. While DMK members in the Lower House stormed the Well in protest against a film allegedly showing havoc caused by destruction of a dam in south India, NCP members raised the issue of restrictions on onion exports by displaying placards.
The two Houses were earlier adjourned till noon soon after assembling for the day as several members, including those from the Left, stormed the well.
In the Rajya Sabha, BSP members also trooped into the Well in support of the Left members, shouting slogans against price rise. BJP members, however, did not go into the Well and kept pressing for admission of their adjournment motion on blackmoney from their seats.
Only Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had urged political parties to work together to push forward the development agenda for the country and government managers were hopeful of smooth proceedings in Parliament on Wednesday.
The last session of Parliament could not transact much business despite heavy government agenda. The Winter session last year was a washout over opposition demand for a JPC probe into the 2G scam. In the Rajya Sabha, almost the entire Opposition stood as one demanding discussion on issues like price rise, black money and plight of contract labourers.
BJP members Rudra Narayan Pany and Prakash Javadekar demanded discussion on government's labour policies during the Zero Hour saying lakhs of workers are being deprived of social security schemes like provident fund, ESI health benefit and insurance.
Later, Left, BSP and SP members trooped into the Well in support of their demands.
Amidst the din, the Chair asked the minister to lay papers listed against their name.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee laid a paper on price rise, while Law Minister Salman Khurshid moved a motion for election to select committee on the Wakf (Amendment) Bill, 2010.
Home Minister P Chidambaram, who has been facing BJP-led NDA's boycott over his alleged involvement in the 2G scam, was present in the Upper House as he had to give replies to questions relating to his ministry, but no question could be taken up. Chidambaram had the first taste of the boycott in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
In the Lok Sabha, the order paper had listed a special discussion on Mukherjee's statement on the price situation at a time when general inflation has stayed stubbornly near double digit for about a year with high food prices hitting the common man.
Interestingly, the discussion was in the name of Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) and Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M). However, members of both the parties trooped into the well demanding discussion on the matter under a rule that entailed voting.
This showed that the Left had second thoughts on going along with the government. CPI(M) Parliamentary Party leader Sitaram Yechury had declared yesterday that his party would press for adjournment as there had been no "tangible commitment" from the government so far on the steps it would take to check rising prices.
Trouble broke out in the Lower House soon after it mourned the death of the seven passengers in Doon Express train accident, with members trooping into the well on prices and the Telangana issue, ignoring appeals from the Chair.
Several members from the Telangana region, including TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, also walked into the Well and pressed for a separate Telangana. Some held placards saying "Implement UPA's promise of introducing Bill for Telangana".
New Delhi: Government's efforts to avert a confrontation in Parliament on Wednesday came to a naught with the Opposition pressing for adjournment motions on price rise and blackmoney, paralysing the Winter session for the second day.
No work was transacted in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha as uproar was also witnessed on other issues including, separate Telangana, leading to their adjournment for the day.