New Delhi: The Opposition stalled Parliament
proceedings for the 12th working day on Monday by continuing to
insist on a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G
The Opposition members, however, gave a break to their
protests in the thinly-attended Lok Sabha to allow the House
to laud the performance of Indian sportspersons in the Asian
Games held in China.
Both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were adjourned for
an hour as soon as they met for the day at 11.00 am and then for
the day because of the pandemonium, with members trooping into
the well raising slogans in favour of JPC probe.
In the Rajya Sabha, where the attendance was better than
that in the Lower House, members from BJP and AIADMK were in
the well even before Chairman Hamid Ansari could take seat.
Ansari urged the members "let us for a change take up the
Question Hour" and took up the first listed question.
However, the Opposition members were unrelenting and
shouted slogans "we want JPC", which led to adjournment of the
House till noon.
When the House re-convened, Opposition members were again
in the well even before Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan entered
"Let me sit," Khan said. He repeatedly asked members to
return to their seats but when his appeals failed, he
adjourned the House for the day after papers were laid.
In the Lok Sabha, there was calm when the House met for
the day and Speaker Meira Kumar read out a statement lauding
the performance of Indian sportspersons in the recently
concluded Asian Games.
Minister of State for Labour Harish Rawat was seen
congratulating Suresh Kalmadi, president of the Indian Olympic
Association and member from Pune.
But as soon as the Speaker took up the Question Hour,
members of BJP, SP, AIADMK and other opposition parties rushed
to the well demanding JPC probe, forcing Kumar to adjourn the
House till noon.
When the House met again, similar scenes were witnessed
as members trooped into the well, displaying placards and
copies of newspapers carrying reports on the 2G spectrum scam.
Congress members too were seen carrying placards demanding
removal of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa for his
alleged involvement in controversial land deals.
Interestingly, senior leaders including Sonia Gandhi,
Pranab Mukherjee, LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj were not
present in the House.
The number of Cabinet ministers present in the House was
also very less.