According to sources, the Prime Minister personally called up BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley on Sunday night to invite them for dinner at his residence.

While BJP has made its stand clear by backing formation of Telangana, it has put conditions to support the bill, saying concerns of people from the Seemandhra region be addressed specifically in the legislation and the quantum of financial package to be given to the region be spelled out.

Wednesday’s meeting between the Prime Minister and BJP leaders assumes significance in wake of the repeated disruptions in Parliament.

Hoopla in House

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day and the Rajya Sabha till 2 pm on different issues on Monday.

As soon as the Lok Sabha reassembled at noon, members from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and some Samajwadi Party (SP) members trooped into the well in support of their demands.

Along with Seemandhra members, Congress members from Telangana also rushed to the podium on Telangana statehood issue.

At the same time, Samajwadi Party members were demanding the introduction of Communal Violence Bill. They alleged that the Bill was deferred because of pressure from the main Opposition.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) members were also agitated over the 1984 riots.

In the Rajya Sabha, the situation was no different even after the House reassembled after its second adjournment.

Members from Andhra Pradesh were in the well raising slogans and showing placards in favour of united Andhra Pradesh. Amidst unruly scenes, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the House till 2 pm.

Pranab snubs Parliament disruption

Amid continued disruptions of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that Parliament functions through debate, dissension and decision and not through disruption.

"In order to strengthen our parliamentary functioning and other democratic institutions, it is important that all stakeholders - government, political parties, their leaders and parliamentarians do some introspection and follow sound parliamentary conventions and rules," he said.

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President Mukherjee, who unveiled the photographs of Presidents of Central Legislative Assembly and portraits of former speakers of Lok Sabha at Central Hall of Parliament House, further said Indian Parliament is the ‘Gangotri’ of our democracy.

He added that it represents the will and the aspirations of billion plus people of India and is the link between the people and the government.

“If Gangotri gets polluted, neither Ganga nor any of its tributaries can stay unpolluted. It is incumbent upon all Parliamentarians that they maintain the highest standards of democracy and parliamentary functioning,” he said.

Mukherjee also said that these portraits and photographs will be a reminder of duties and responsibilities."I am sure, the photographs and portraits will always remind us of discharging our duties and responsibilities for which we have sought mandate from the people, and inspire us to earnestly strive to establish a progressive, vibrant and healthy democracy," he added.


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