Forget Winter session, normalcy back in Parliament

Slogans like `We want JPC` were no more heard, there was no trooping into the well over 2G issue and all members conducted peacefully as Parliament`s Budget session got off on Tuesday.

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 18:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Slogans like `We want JPC` were no
more heard, there was no trooping into the Well over 2G issue
and all members conducted peacefully as Parliament`s Budget session got off on Tuesday.

In total contrast to the Winter session which was washed
out due to stand-off over 2G spectrum allocation issue, the
first working day of the Budget Session saw normal functioning
in both Houses.

The tone for the peaceful functioning of the Session was
set by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he announced the
government`s decision to set up a Joint Parliamentary
Committee to probe 2G spectrum allocation.
Singh made the announcement in the Lok Sabha as soon as
the House met for the day and it was immediately welcomed by
the Opposition parties.

Noting that the government was agreeing to JPC formation
due to "special circumstances" he said the country could "ill
afford" disruption of the crucial Budget session.

Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the
government`s decision should not be seen as anybody`s "victory
or defeat" as it was a "victory of democracy. We should all
work together putting aside any talk of victory or defeat."

Leaders of other parties, including AIADMK, CPI(M), CPI,
Samajwadi Party, JD(U), BJD, TRS and Raghuvansh Prasad also
welcomed the government decision.
Soon after their brief comments, Question Hour was taken
up in both Houses and it was followed by Zero Hour and a
debate on Motion of Thanks to the President`s address.

The smooth functioning was in sharp contrast to the
unprecedented disruptions witnessed in the last Winter
Session which was completely washed out due to a stand-off
between the government and Opposition over JPC probe into 2G
allocation.

During the four-week Winter session that ended on December
13, both Houses saw similar scenes every day with Opposition
members trooping into the Well and creating pandemonium by
raising slogans to seek JPC on the 2G scam, a demand
continuously rejected by the government.

The government had to finally give in and agree to the JPC
probe. It also had to give in to the Opposition`s demand to
make the announcement today, the first working day of the
Budget session.

PTI