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BJP to raise price issue more aggressively in Lok Sabha

BJP will try to rope in all like-minded parties to demand an Adjournment Motion in the Lok Sabha "more aggressively" Thursday on the issue of price rise.



New Delhi: BJP will try to rope in all
like-minded parties to demand an Adjournment Motion in the Lok
Sabha "more aggressively" Thursday on the issue of price rise.

The decision to prepare a common strategy came after
Speaker Meira Kumar rejected the opposition demand for an
Adjournment Motion on price rise today.

"The decision of the Chair is disappointing and
unfortunate. We have not given up the issue and will put it up
again in Parliament tomorrow. All opposition will be united on
this issue. We will be one and more aggressive," Deputy Leader
of BJP in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde said.

BJP will discuss the strategy with other political
parties, including the Left, RJD and SP, tomorrow morning
before the two Houses of Parliament meet for the day.

"BJP will not strategise alone. All opposition parties are
together on this issue," Munde claimed.

A meeting of NDA floor leaders held earlier today decided
that the decision of the Speaker against the Adjournment
Motion was "not up to their expectations".

Sources said BJP and its NDA allies have already decided
that they will not allow the Parliament to function tomorrow
if a decision is not taken in favour of a discussion and
voting on price rise.

"We will force an adjournment tomorrow as well. But the
Lok Sabha is likely to function on Friday as private members
Bills would be discussed. On Monday, we plan to demand
discussion on price rise under Rule 184 which also entails
voting," a senior BJP MP said.

However, the government is not likely to accept this
demand as well and this may lead to further disruptions in the
coming week.

BJP was also critical of the views expressed by Leader of
the House in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee on Adjournment Motion.

"The Leader of the House said today that even if a
majority of the members favoured an Adjournment Motion it
would not have been accepted... This shows they feared that
the majority in the House wants an Adjournment Motion. This
also proved that the whole opposition is united," Munde said.

He maintained that Trinamool Congress suggested a
discussion on price rise under Rule 193 as this does not
include voting and Mamata Banerjee`s party would not like to
face the predicament of voting against the government of which
it is a part.

PTI

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