Political firefighting was the order of the day as the first half of the budget session ended Friday without any forward movement on key social or economic reforms bills.
The UPA tried to introduce the food security bill in the Lok Sabha, but failed as DMK-sponsored disruptions forced an early adjournment of the House. Disruptions were also witnessed on the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
“We could not introduce the food bill (on Friday) but Congress president Sonia Gandhi remains committed to it,” food minister KV Thomas told HT.
The only consolation for the UPA was when the much-awaited, anti-rape bill was passed but the latest jolt to the UPA came when the DMK — the biggest UPA partner — deserted the ruling coalition over the Lankan Tamil issue.
Crisis managers also had to calm Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav down after he demanded the removal of steel minister Beni Prasad Verma for linking him to terrorists. The UPA now is left with the second half of the budget session (April 22 to May 10) to push its key legislations like lokpal and land acquisition bills.