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BJP responsible for Parliament disruptions: Pilot

Accusing BJP of indulging in "shout and scream" practices to disrupt Parliament, Union minister Sachin Pilot has said government is more than willing to "walk the half way" to debate issues raised by the Opposition.

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2013 13:55 IST
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Accusing BJP of indulging in "shout and scream" practices to disrupt Parliament, Union minister Sachin Pilot has said government is more than willing to "walk the half way" to debate issues raised by the Opposition.

As Parliament continues to witness frequent disruptions in the current session and key bills are getting further delayed, the minister said it is BJP which is mainly responsible for such a sad state of affairs.

"... primarily it (disruptions) is because of the non-cooperation of the BJP. The main Opposition party, to my mind, is the most responsible for disruptions," corporate affairs minister Pilot told PTI in an interview.

"I think it is sad... It is very sad and unbecoming of politicians," he said.

"We will be more than happy to walk the half way on any issue the Opposition wants to discuss, but you can't shout and scream and not let Parliament function," Pilot said.

Even though landmark legislations such as Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill have been passed by Lok Sabha in the current session, which began on August 5, many others are still pending. These include bills related to reforms in the insurance and pension sectors.

On Friday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also squarely blamed the BJP for the current economic woes, accusing it of stalling crucial reforms bills by disruption of Parliament and hurting investor sentiment.

In recent days, Parliament had witnessed acrimonious scenes between ruling and Opposition members, on various issues including coal scam and the Telangana issue.

During the current session, many Andhra Pradesh MPs, including those from the Congress, have forced adjournments on the proposal to create a separate Telangana region.

"The Congress MPs from Andhara Pradesh have also made their objections... They have disrupted (the Houses) a few times, but it is not right to say that it is only because of the Congress MPs," Pilot said.

The minister emphasised that debates must happen in Parliament.

"Ultimately, people watching Parliament stop differentiating on which side is the MP sitting on," he noted.

First Published: Sep 01, 2013 13:52 IST