New Delhi: A torrent of issues ranging from price rise to demand for dismissal of Mayawati government and immediate execution of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru on Tuesday drowned the second day of the Monsoon session of the Parliament. LS to discuss price rise on Wednesday Agencies
The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day at 1400 hrs after two earlier adjournments with the BJP, BSP, SP and Shiv Sena members storming the Well on diverse issues.
The Left and the Right raised the issue of price rise with the BJP led by M Venkaiah Naidu making a strong pitch in the Rajya Sabha for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the matter. Inflation in June stood at 9.44 percent.
Left parties in the Lok Sabha had given a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue of price rise.
In the melee, Sports Minister Ajay Maken made a statement on the irregularities in the hosting of Commonwealth Games last year in which he sought to drag in the erstwhile NDA regime.
Maken said the then NDA government had bypassed the Delhi Government and made the Centre responsible for all financial and infrastructural obligations which were against established norms.
It was trouble from the beginning in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as BJP members in the Upper House and those from the BSP, SP and Shiv Sena in the Lower House raised several issues simultaneously by storming the well.
Both the Houses were first adjourned for nearly an hour till noon and then till 2 PM because of the ruckus. With Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh not far away, SP members in the Lok Sabha utilised the opportunity to train their guns on the Mayawati-led government in the state for allegedly committing atrocities against farmers.
They wanted dismissal of the UP government. Members of BSP, whose government in UP is in the dock over the issue of land acquisition, followed suit by carrying placards, blaming Congress-led government for the poor conditions of the peasantry. They demanded immediate passage of the Land Acquisition Bill.
Shiv Sena MPs stormed the well raising slogans and waving placards demanding immediate hanging of Mumbai terror attack culprit Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
With the session being the first after the July 13 bomb blasts in Mumbai, Sena members raised the issue of security in the financial capital of the country.
Similar scenes were witnessed when both the Houses re-convened at 2 PM and the presiding officers adjourned the proceedings till on Wednesday.
The first working day of the Lok Sabha was adjourned on Monday after paying homage to sitting member and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal. The Rajya Sabha was rocked on Monday over the 2G issue.
Faced with a delicate situation, the Government on Tuesday arrived at a compromise with the Opposition and decided to take up a discussion on price rise in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday under a rule which entails voting.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said that the resolution on the price rise will be framed in such a way that it would be acceptable to all.
The resolution is likely to express concern over price rise and spell out immediate effective steps to check inflation.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will reply to the day-long debate which will start at 1200 hours, Bansal said.
As the resolution will be a consensual one, it saves the government from any embarrassment even as it will be put to vote. The ruling party too has given a notice for it.
Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha of BJP is likely to initiate the discussion. NDA convenor Sharad Yadav as also K S Rao from Congress has also given notice.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee after which Bansal and his two junior ministers Rajiv Shukla and Harish Rawat had tea with Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj in her Parliament House office.
The discussion is expected to pave the way for the smooth running of Parliament after the disruption of both Houses on the first two days of the Monsoon session.
New Delhi: A torrent of issues ranging from price rise to demand for dismissal of Mayawati government and immediate execution of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru on Tuesday drowned the second day of the Monsoon session of the Parliament.
LS to discuss price rise on Wednesday