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Coal block allocation issue stalls Parliament for 10th day

Parliament was paralysed for the tenth day as BJP remained unrelenting on its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.



New Delhi: With the logjam over coal block allocations refusing to die down, Parliament was paralysed for the tenth day on Tuesday as BJP remained unrelenting on its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

As just three days remained for the Monsoon Session to conclude, there was little hope of normalcy returning with stalemate persisting in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the wake of the CAG report.

Even as Rajya Sabha continued to witness strong protest by the BJP over coal issue, the government managed to obtain Parliament`s nod to a key legislation seeking to create six AIIMS-like premier medical institutes across the country.

The passing of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012, in the Rajya Sabha now paves the way for creation of six AIIMS-like institutes in Patna, Bhopal, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh. The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.

After three adjournments earlier in the day, when the Upper House met at 4 PM, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad hurriedly moved the Bill, which was passed by voice vote amid uproar.

As BJP continued to raise slogans over coal issue, Kurien adjourned the House immediately after passage of the Bill.
Soon after the two Houses met for the day, they were adjourned till noon after opposition triggered ruckus on the issue. Members of the DMK AIADMK, CPI and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) were in the Well raising the Sri Lanka issue.

DMK members were opposing the training of Sri Lankan armed forces at an airbase in India, while AIADMK and VCK members were protesting the planned visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Madhya Pradesh.

When the Lok Sabha reassembled at noon, the only work transacted was the passage of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Bill 2012 without discussion by a voice vote amidst din.

While BJP members continued slogan-shouting in the Well, P C Chacko, who was in the Chair, ordered laying of papers.
After the papers were laid, Minister of State for Health S Gandhiselvan moved the NIMHANS Bill for consideration and passage. It was adopted by a voice vote amid thumping of desks by the members of the Treasury benches.

As soon as the Bill was passed, Chacko adjourned the House for the day.

PTI

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