After the uproar over MPs salary hike and passage of Indian Medical Council bill without debate, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday held a meeting with leaders of BJP, RJD and SP and assured them that their concerns would be addressed.
The meeting was attended by Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav who pressed for hike in the salaries of MPs to Rs 80,001 as they were not satisfied with Rs 50,000 approved by the Cabinet yesterday.
They also said that the Medical Council bill should have been taken up for voting only after a discussion.
"Our demand was that discussion should be held on MCI bill. The Government has agreed to hold discussion in the House under rule 193 (which does not entail voting)," BJP's Deputy Leader Gopinath Munde told reporters later.
Members of BJP and some other parties vociferously protested against the passage of the Medical Council bill in the Lok Sabha on Friday without debate amid din over MPs' salary hike.
After the House was adjourned in the wake of uproar, several members of BJP, RJD and SP staged a 'mock' sitting of the Lok Sabha in which Munde became the Speaker and Lalu Prasad became the Prime Minister.
On the issue of MPs' salary, Munde said the matter has been left to Pranab Mukherjee.
"Whatever decision he (Mukherjee) takes after holding discussions...he will also hold deliberations with others," he said.
The Cabinet had given its nod to increase basic salaries of the lawmakers from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. However, unhappy with the quantum of hike, parties like RJD, SP, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal protested in the House disrupting proceedings.