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Indo-Pak statement, Ambani brothers' feud generates in Parliament

india Updated: Aug 07, 2009 20:01 IST
Indo-Pak statement

The controversial Indo-Pak Joint Statement generated much heat while the corporate war between the Ambani brothers found an echo in Parliament during the month-long Budget session which concluded on Friday.

Besides the passage of the Union Budget and the Railway budget, the historic Right to Education Bill as also the Bill seeking to extend reservation for SC and ST for ten years were also approved by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

The government faced embarrassment twice in Parliament this week on legislative business. It was forced to defer in the Rajya Sabha introduction of a bill seeking declaration of assets by the judges with BJP and Left finding fault with a controversial provision under which there was no need to make the assets public.

The absence of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and his deputy Jyotiraditya Scindia led to deferring of the Rubber (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha.

The pulls and pressues in the coalition were also visible with government deferring plans to introduce two key legislations -- Land Acquisition Bill and Relief and Rehabilitation Bill -- as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has serious reservations.

In fact, the session started on a stormy note with the opposition taking strong exception to the government's announcement of fuel price hike on the eve of the session.