Cong, BJP blame game over wasting parliament hours

Congress and BJP on Thursday locked in a blame-game accusing each other of not allowing Parliament to function smoothly as a result of which many important issues including Bills could not be taken up during the monsoon session.

Updated: Sep 08, 2011, 19:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress and BJP on Thursday locked in
a blame-game accusing each other of not allowing Parliament to
function smoothly as a result of which many important issues
including Bills could not be taken up during the monsoon
session.
"It is very unfortunate. BJP and other political parties
did not allow Parliament to function. So many issues could
have been discussed in Parliament but we could not do so,"
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.

Alvi said "There were many issues. It has happened in
the last session and it also happened in the current session.
Many bills and important issues could not be taken up due to
disruptions in Parliament.

"I am sure BJP will realise one day that they did not do
the right thing by disrupting Parliament," the Congress MP
said.

Making a counter-attack, BJP said the basic
responsibility lies with the government to ensure smooth
functioning of the House.

"It all depends on the ruling parties. The basic
responsibility lies with the government to run the House in a
proper manner. If the government did not cooperate and if the
ruling party members themselves come to the well of the House
and if they do not allow the opposition to speak, then what
will happen"? said BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu.
"When Advaniji has given notice for the suspension of
the Question Hour and the Speaker gave him permission the
ruling party members did not let him speak," Naidu said.

Accusing Congress of wasting parliament`s time, he said
"this is the mindset of the ruling party. We also feel sorry
and we also want the House to function smoothly. We could not
discuss agrarian crisis. The ruling party is not serious in
running the House in a proper manner."

PTI