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JD-S, CPI & BSP rethink support

The winter session that concluded on Monday has set the record as the least productive in House history: 23 days of disruption over the demand for a JPC on the 2G scam has seen Lok Sabha sitting for just 7 hours 37 minutes out of total scheduled 138 hours. Prasad Nichenametla reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2010 00:55 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

The winter session that concluded on Monday has set the record as the least productive in House history: 23 days of disruption over the demand for a JPC on the 2G scam has seen Lok Sabha sitting for just 7 hours 37 minutes out of total scheduled 138 hours.

While the hostility between the government and Opposition spilled outside Parliament — Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the "corrupt" BJP at the CPP meet and LK Advani put up a spirited defence of Opposition stalling the House — support to the BJP appeared to be dwindling.

Former PM HD Deve Gowda of the JD-S attacked the party and even favoured mid-term polls if the government was not able to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.

"We cannot be party to disruption of the House in the coming Budget Session. I have conveyed this at the meeting of 11 non-NDA, non-UPA secular parties here last week. I am hopeful that the Left and other parties would consider this request," he said.

The Left, though pressing for a JPC, too said they cannot keep stalling the house while the BSP agreed that disruption should not be the way forward.

"Parliament, meant to discuss all issues, cannot be held up for such a long time on a single issue. We are not retreating on our demand of JPC but it is not necessary to stall Parliament. Disruption provides fuel to the government to attack the Opposition," said CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta.

"Parliament should work to discuss the issues," said Dara Singh Chauhan, BSP MP. He added that his party would decide further action as how to press on with the probe demand.