Congress walks out of meet on Lok Sabha agenda, says govt bulldozing proceedings
The Lok Sabha has been paralysed since March 5, when Parliament met after a recess, due to protest by various parties on issues like the Punjab National Bank fraud, special status for Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery dispute.india Updated: Mar 15, 2018 18:34 IST
The Congress walked out of the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Lok Sabha on Thursday, alleging that the central government was adopting an “undemocratic” approach and bulldozing proceedings in the House.
A meeting of the BAC to decide on the Lok Sabha’s agenda for next week was held in Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s chamber on Thursday afternoon where leaders from a number of parties were present.
The Lok Sabha has been paralysed since March 5, when Parliament met after a recess, due to protest by various parties on issues like the Punjab National Bank fraud, special status for Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery dispute. Amid the din, the Finance Bill and the appropriation bills were on Wednesday passed by the House without discussion, and two other bills were pushed on Thursday by the government.
Unhappy with the passage of bills without any discussion, KC Venugopal, Congress leader and deputy chief whip of the party in the lower house, stormed out of the BAC meeting and accused the government of bypassing all democratic traditions and customs of the House.
He alleged that the government was trying to avoid discussion on the PNB fraud issue.
The government had on Wednesday passed the all-important finance bill and demands for grants without any discussion in the Lok Sabha. He said on Thursday too the government went ahead with two bills without any discussion, although the opposition parties, including the Congress, had agreed to cooperate in passage of important legislations like The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill.
“The government was hell-bent on passing bills without any discussion, and is neither interested in amicably settling the issues in the House in a democratic manner,” Venugopal said in a statement.
The Congress leader said the government is making efforts to avoid any sort of discussion on the PNB fraud, and is passing all the bills without any discussion amid the din in Lok Sabha.
Allocating time for more bills would only help the government to pass them without any discussion, he said.
Mahajan’s efforts last week to end the impasse in the House came a cropper after the Opposition alleged that the government had made no effort to reach out to them on important issues.