LS winds up day 1 amid bedlam

Winter session: Chill in House

LS winds up day 1 amid bedlam

The unruly mood in the winter session may, however, not last long as major political parties were not interested in a logjam. On Wednesday, the House is expected to debate Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s statement on price rise, that was placed before the House  on Tuesday amid constant disruption of the proceedings.

Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said his party was keen on smooth running of Parliament and discussing price rise so that the common man gets relief. BJP President Nitin Gadkari interacted with Mukherjee Monday night and the Left parties led-by Sitaram Yechuri held a meeting with the Finance Minister on Tuesday to work out a solution to the impasse.

Thirteen bills are pending passage, many of them related to economy and finance.

According to the House secretariat, there are also 14 adjournment notices  and nine for suspension of question hour.

The House plunged into chaos soon after opening for the day on Tuesday as the BJP members targeted the Home minister, who rose to reply to a question on Maoist violence.

Chidambaram, who was shouted down by the BJP members,  sat down without reacting.

BJP-led NDA was boycotting Chidambaram  for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam and demanded his resignation.

Speaker Meira Kumar made obituary references to deceased members, including former union minister Vasant Sathe, who passed away a few months ago. Newly elected member Kuldeep Bishnoi  from Haryana was sworn in.

Question hour could not be taken up as the first question was to be answered  by the Home minister. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned to mourn the death of two members, Ram Dayal Munda and Silvious Condapen.

Before the two houses met at 11 am, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to all the parties not to boycott the Home minister as he said there was no case as made out by newspapers. “I sincerely hope that all political parties will realise that we have some very important pieces of legislation which are going to be presented in this session, and our country’s sustained development and prosperity demands that many of those bills should be converted as Acts of Parliament,” the Prime Minister  told newspersons. Singh said the Parliament has to discuss the Lok Pal Bill aimed at fighting corruption.

The House was adjourned until 12 noon when BJP members did not relent and  the Left parties sought an adjournment motion on price rise. The proposed division of Uttar Pradesh, the demand for Telangana and price rise were also taken up by opposition. When the House resumed proceedings, the Left pressed for the adjournment motion and bedlam continued prompting the Speaker to adjourned the House for the day.

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