BSP disrupts House over alleged diversion of SC/ST funds for CWG
The BSP today disrupted proceedings in Parliament alleging diversion of funds meant for SC/ST for the Commonwealth Games projects, with BJP alleging that there was "bungling" in organising the sporting event. Oppn mounts scathing attack on Govt in LS on price issueListen to podcastdelhi Updated: Aug 03, 2010 15:58 IST
The BSP on Tuesday disrupted proceedings in Parliament alleging diversion of funds meant for SC/ST for the Commonwealth Games projects, with BJP alleging that there was "bungling" in organising the sporting event.
As soon as Rajya Sabha met for the day, BSP members were on their feet to raise diversion of funds by the Delhi Government demanding immediate discussion on the issue.
BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said he has given a notice for suspension of the Question Hour to take up the matter. He was supported by the Left parties and members of BJP who too wanted a discussion.
The pandemonium led to two adjournments in the Question Hour and with BSP unrelenting during Zero Hour, the Chair was forced to adjourn the proceedings till 1400 hours.
In the din which continued in the Zero Hour, Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan asked Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to go ahead with his statement on a calling attention the Mangalore aircrash.
A recent query by a Right to Information activist showed that the Delhi government allegedly diverted Rs 744 crore from Special Component Plan for SC/ST to Games projects, thereby flouting Planning Commission guidelines.
In the Lok Sabha, BSP disrupted proceedings on the issue and wanted a debate.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal refuted the charges saying no diversion of funds has taken place and assured the BSP members that he would look into it.
In the Upper House, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan said the government was ready for a discussion either Wednesday or a day later.
But the BSP, supported by the BJP, wanted immediate discussion with BJP Deputy Leader S S Ahluwalia saying, "There is lot of ghapla (bungling) and we should discuss it right now."
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said there was no diversion of funds from SC/ST welfare scheme for the Commonwealth Games.