BJP on Tuesday hit out at the government for not accepting adjournment motions on issues like price rise, black money and FDI in retail on the ground that in a session only one such motion can be adopted, and insisted that there was a precedent for it during NDA rule.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj cited precedents of NDA rule to argue that the erstwhile government had accepted more than one adjournment motion in one session and several such motions during its regime unlike the UPA-II dispensation which had not agreed to even one during its two-year rule.
"During the Winter session of Parliament in 2002, two adjournment motions were accepted one of which was moved by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi herself," Swaraj said.
On November 18, 2002 an adjournment motion moved by the opposition led by Subodh Roy on "Failure of the government in curbing communal elements in the country, especially in Gujarat, from creating communal tensions and disharmony" was accepted. The issue was debated for more than six hours in the Lok Sabha.
Just after a day's gap, on November 20, 2002 another adjournment motion moved by Sonia Gandhi on "Unprecedented drought situation and lack of policy initiative of the government to combat the situation, thereby increasing the sufferings of the people" was accepted and discussed by the House for more than seven hours.
Both motions were negative with the government getting a majority vote.
Manohar Joshi was the Speaker of Lok Sabha then and Pramod Mahajan was the parliamentary affairs minister.
Swaraj said the NDA regime had not flinched then even though the opposition used terms like "failure of the government" while the present UPA-II objects to it and is in fear of facing a vote.
"This government keeps insisting on removal of words censuring it on an issue," Swaraj said.
The government had reportedly maintained that only one adjournment motion can be accepted in one session of Parliament.
Swaraj said Rules 56-60 of the Parliamentary procedure clearly state that more than one adjournment motion can be accepted.
The opposition claimed that a total of five adjournment motions were accepted when NDA was in power while eight such motions were accepted during the UPA-I dispensation.
While the Left parties had moved an adjournment motion on price rise, the BJP moved the same on black money. Later several opposition parties moved adjournment motions on withdrawing of the decision to allow FDI in retail.
None of these motions- and parallel motions in the Rajya Sabha- have been accepted by the government in this session.