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Parliament to finally do business, debate inflation

Even as Parliament was stalled in the first two days of the monsoon session over price rise and land acquisition, the government and opposition make way for fruitful discussion on inflation today. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2011 09:54 IST
HT correspondents
HT correspondents
Hindustan Times

Even as Parliament was stalled on Tuesday over inflation and land acquisition, the government and the opposition agreed to have a debate on inflation in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. This seems to have paved the way for Parliament to function normally, unless there are further adjournments.

On Tuesday, BJP members led by M Venkaiah Naidu called for suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha to discuss price rise. In the Lok Sabha, SP members trooped into the well seeking dismissal of the Uttar Pradesh for committing atrocities against farmers. BSP members carried placards, blaming the centre for the poor conditions of the farmers. They demanded immediate passage of the land acquisition bill.

The disagreement between the government and the NDA was on whether the inflation debate in the Lok Sabha should be under Rule 184 that entails voting or Rule 193, which does not entail a vote, as the government wanted.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal met leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and worked out the compromise. Both sides agreed to the debate under Rule 184, with a notice that does not indict the government over price rise.

The notice will now say the burden of price rise on the common man is continuing, and that the House expresses deep concern and calls upon the government to take immediate steps to check inflation.

Apart from BJP's Yashwant Sinha and JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav, Congressman KS Rao has moved a resolution on price rise.

Bansal said, "There was a feeling from both sides that Parliament should function. That helped us arrive at a common ground."

The Congress and the BJP also arrived at an informal arrangement that the resolution on corruption will not directly try to indict the PM or any UPA minister.

The Rajya Sabha will take up a short discussion on internal security with reference to the recent terror attacks in Mumbai under rule176 (without voting).

First Published: Aug 03, 2011 08:31 IST