Opposition stalls govt move to hold second sitting of House

Opposition Indian National Lok Dal stalled the proposal of the ruling Congress government in Haryana to have a second sitting of the Assembly to commence discussion on the budget for 2011-12.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 20:40 PM IST

Chandigarh: Opposition Indian National Lok
Dal (INLD) on Thursday stalled the proposal of the ruling Congress
government in Haryana to have a second sitting of the Assembly
to commence discussion on the budget for 2011-12.

After the Question Hour Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Randeep Surjewala proposed that the House have a second
sitting in the afternoon for initiating the discussion on the
budget so that more members could take part in it.

Earlier the discussion was to commence tomorrow and
conclude on Monday providing two sittings to the members.
However, Leader of the Opposition Om Parkash Chautala
objected to the proposal saying, "If you were to have the
second sitting this afternoon, you should have made the
announcement yesterday so that we could come prepared. You can
have the second sitting tomorrow afternoon to allow more
members to take part."

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said if the
opposition was not prepared, members from the ruling side can
take part in the discussion in the second sitting.

"Since they (opposition) are not prepared, they can speak
tomorrow," he said.

Speaker Kuldeep Sharma said he had heard the two sides and
would take the essence of the members of the House to which
immediately the INLD members rose in their seats to protest.

Several other INLD also opposed the government`s proposal
saying that they could have gone ahead with the second sitting
if they had been informed yesterday so that they could have
come prepared for today`s discussion.

"When the agenda had been approved by the House how you
can daily change the schedule at the eleventh hour how can
you change the programme?" Chautala asked.

The government can have four sittings, but announce it
beforehand, INLD member Ashok Arora said with another party
member Ram Pal Majra, adding that before criticising the
budget one has to study the documents.

The Speaker said, "If the opposition wants to curtail the
discussion, is it a good signal. It will send a wrong signal
to the people."

Surjewala said they had proposed the additional sitting to
enable more members to speak. "Why are they (opposition)
running away?" he asked, adding they accepted Chautala`s
viewpoint and the House would stick to its original schedule
of having discussion on budget tomorrow and on Monday.

PTI