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PM appeals, but Opposition holds up Parliament

The second part of the Budget Session of Parliament began on a stormy note today as members from various parties forced adjournment of Lok Sabha on various issues. Who do you blame for Parliament disruptions?

delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2013 15:01 IST
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The second part of the Budget Session of Parliament began on a stormy note on Monday as members from various parties forced adjournment of Lok Sabha on various issues, including heckling of Mamata Banerjee, incidents of rapes and demand for separate Telangana.

After speaker Meira Kumar made obituary references, Trinamool Congress and Left members trooped into the Well of the Lok Sabha raising slogans on heckling of the West Bengal chief minister by SFI activists in Delhi and alleged incidents of human rights violations in the state, respectively.

A number of BJP members were seen in the Well raising slogans against the incidents of rapes across the country and demanding action on the perpetrators.

Some members of the Congress were seen in the aisles waving placards for a separate state of Telangana. A TDP member was seen raising the same demand in the Well.

'Delhi is not safe' read a placard held by a Trinamool member which had a picture of Banerjee.

Amid slogans of 'Jai Telangana', 'take action against rapists', the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

In Rajya Sabha, Chairman Hamid Ansari said he has got 8 notices for suspension of Question Hour to take up discussion on various matters.

The notices were given by V Maitreyan (AIADMK), Derek O'Brien (TMC), Prasanta Chatterjee (CPI-M), Prakash Javadekar (BJP), D Raja (CPI), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Brajesh Pathak (BSP) and Maya Singh (BJP).

Ansari said he has admitted Maitreyan's notice for discussion on role of CBI in coalgate scam as it was received first.

As he asked Maitreyan to move his motion, Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) said he has also given a notice for suspension of Question Hour to raise the issue of "leakage" of draft JPC report on 2G scam.

"You have not asked for suspension of Question Hour," he told Prasad but the BJP leader continued to raise the issue.

Left and BSP members too were on their feet raising separate issues with some of them displaying banners.

On demands for discussing the rape of a 5-year old girl in Delhi, he said it has been agreed that a short duration discussion on violence against women in various parts of the country has been agreed to be taken up at 2 pm today.

But, with members relenting, he adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

Before the session, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to the Opposition for smooth functioning of Parliament. Here are the latest political developments as Parliament met again for the remainder of the Budget Session.

* Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon over Opposition protests against the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi.

* The Trinamool Congress has said it will not allow Parliament to function till action is taken against "guilty" people who allegedly attacked party leader Mamata Banerjee when she was visiting Delhi.

* "It is my sincere wish that House will function. If there are any concerns of the Opposition we are willing to debate all those issues which are worrying the opposition," Manmohan Singh told reporters shortly before Parliament resumed the Budget Session after a month-long break. He expressed confidence that the financial business would be transacted.

* "I am very confident that this financial business will be transacted to our satisfaction," he said.

* Requesting Opposition to allow the government to function, Manmohan Singh said: "We hope that everybody would cooperate in that process and the budget is passed and essential business and other important bill will also be dealt with effectively."

* The BJP had sought adjournment of Question Hour in both houses of Parliament to raise the issue of the leakage of joint parliamentary committee (JPC) report on 2G spectrum allocation.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Apr 22, 2013 11:17 IST