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Parliament held up for 10th day, nation pays the cost

Question Hour stood derailed in Parliament for the tenth day today as Opposition vociferously raised matters of corruption leading to adjournment both Houses, causing the public exchequer well over 60 crores in the winter session till now.

delhi Updated: Nov 25, 2010 13:22 IST

Business was derailed in Parliament for the tenth day on Thursday as Opposition and the Treasury benches vociferously raised matters of corruption leading to adjournment of both the Houses, causing the public exchequer well over Rs 60 crore in the winter session till now.

Amid pandemonium, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Thursday were adjourned for an hour barely a minute after they met and later adjourned for the day.

Samajwadi Party members began their march to the Lok Sabha from the gates of Parliament with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in the lead demanding a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

As soon as Speaker Meira Kumar assumed her seat, Opposition members led by the AIADMK, rushed to the well and were soon joined by those from BJP, Shiv Sena and some other parties.

The Congress members too waved placards and added equally to the pandemonium by raising slogans against Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

In Rajya Sabha too the scene was similar with the Opposition demanding JPC probe into 2G spectrum scam and rushed into the well even before Chairman Hamid Ansari could take his seat.

While the ruling benches protested BJP's decision to let Yeddyrurappa continue as Karnataka chief minister despite allegations of wrong doing in land allotments in the state.

Since November 10, the Parliament has not transacted any significant business and both the Houses have been witnessing adjournments barely minutes after meeting, causign huge loss to the public exchequer.

Disruption of Parliament proceedings over the last ten days has caused a loss of over Rs 61.20 crore to the public exchequer. Statistics released by the PRS Legislative Research indicates that Lok Sabha members put in just 5.3 productive hours of the scheduled time of 48 hours during the first eight days of the ongoing winter session.

Against 30.4 hours lost on account of adjournments in the first eight days of this year's budget session, 41 hours were lost in the two houses in the monsoon session.

Figures climbed to a whopping 81 hours of lost work for the same period in the winter session, the data indicates.

Disruptions over the 2G spectrum scam have come in at rather an appropriate time for the MPs.

Several members have been busy in this season of marriages. DMK leader MK Alagiri married off his son lately, while BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's son's marriage is on December 3.

Bihar MPs Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav were preoccupied with electioneering in the state, while Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has been kept busy with foundation stone laying programs for railway projects in West Bengal.

Congress MP Milind Deora was recently spotted at a music show in Delhi.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Nov 25, 2010 12:17 IST