Advani anguished because of Opposition, ministers claim as ruckus rocks House
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Advani anguished because of Opposition, ministers claim as ruckus rocks House

Top Union ministers on Wednesday attributed senior BJP leader L K Advani’s anguish in the Lok Sabha over its continued disruptions to his anger with opposition parties and insisted they were to “blame” for the impasse.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2016 19:35 IST
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Senior BJP leader Lal Krishan Advani with party leaders. (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Top Union ministers on Wednesday said senior BJP leader LK Advani was anguished in the Lok Sabha because of the continued disruptions by opposition parties, blaming them for the impasse in Parliament’s winter session.

“He was upset with Opposition,” parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said after the House was adjourned yet again amid ruckus.

Information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu said Advani’s anguish was the “reflection of agony of a senior parliamentarian and politician” over the conduct of opposition parties.

Earlier, Advani had expressed deep distress over the way the Lok Sabha proceedings were being conducted, saying neither the Speaker nor the parliamentary affairs minister was running the House and that “both sides are party to this (disruptions)”.

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A visibly agitated Advani was heard expressing his unhappiness to Kumar over the continuing protests in the House when some opposition members had close to the treasury benches raising slogans in the Well.

Minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said,” Advaniji is a senior member. Parliament should run. It is not. He is sad. He is feeling bad. The way Congress and TMC are disturbing the Parliament, nobody will like it,” he said.

Later talking to reporters, Naidu said everybody is sad, including himself, but the Opposition is not letting the House to function.

“What is their (opposition) strategy? Why are they going on this suicidal path, I am not able to understand. But the way Parliament is functioning, the people of the country are sad,” he said.

He said while the Opposition is saying they are not against remonetisation, they are at the same time not ready to discuss the problems faced by people, an issue they have been raising. They are also coming out and saying that they will not let the House function, he said.

“But I am hopeful and optimistic. I hope there will be some ‘parivartan’ (change) in their mind and they will cooperate in the functioning of the house,” he said.

He said, “Now a policy decision has been taken. You find the policy decision, fight against black money wrong, you say it in the house. Give good suggestion. You cannot have a comparison. Government has taken a bold, historic, revolutionary step.

“The people of the country are very happy. Instead of helping the people, solving the problem and moving the country towards digital transfer of money, they are trying to create panic in the society. That have failed in that as well. They are showing their frustration. That is contempt of Parliament and democracy,” he said.

First Published: Dec 07, 2016 19:32 IST