The government and the opposition might have locked horns and stalled Parliament on the issue of a JPC over the 2G spectrum row for the 14th day on Wednesday. But a deal between them — to complete important financial business — saw Lok Sabha pass some Demands for Grants and decide to take up the Railways Demands for Grants on Thursday.
Rajya Sabha is set to do the same by next week so that the government may be free to choose to adjourn the Houses ahead of December 13 closure of the winter session.
However, when asked about plans to adjourn the session sine die early, parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said, “As of now it is 13th December.”
Setting ground for the deal, between government and opposition, finance minister and leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee spoke to leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. He said non-passage of these bills would create a constitutional crisis.
Mukherjee expressed concern that the opposition members might try to snatch papers. But Swaraj later told reporters that she assured him the opposition would maintain “discipline.” Soon after the question hour was disrupted in Lok Sabha and the House was adjourned, NDA floor leaders met in LK Advani’s office, and agreed not to disrupt any government move to do financial business.
The government also introduced in Lok Sabha amid din the judicial standards and accountability bill that seeks to lay down judicial standards and establish a mechanism to probe charges against the Supreme Court and High Court judges and provide for their declaration of assets and liabilities.
The Congress and other UPA parties issued a whip to the their MPs to remain present in both the Houses to push through the financial business.
Both Houses were adjourned first till noon and then for the day as the Opposition continued to stall the business, storming into well and raising slogans for JPC. All Lok Sabha members have asked to assemble for a year-end photo session on Thursday at 9.30 am.