Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal said several
Congress MPs were in the Parliament House complex and were
taking part in voting for some Parliamentary committees.
He was commenting on BJP saving the government from
embarrassment as the Left parties pressed for a division on a
bill to regulate pension funds at the introduction stage
He said it was a fact that BJP was favouring the
Bill and was critical for the delay in bringing forward the
"We do not stand on prestige. We would like to reach
out to everybody," he said rejecting suggestions that it was a
'poor floor management' that forced the government to seek
Bansal was critical of the opposition especially of
the BJP for the frequent disruptions and said it was also the
duty of all parties to ensure that legislative business was
carried out in full seriousness.
"If ten members rush to the well of the House and want
the government to do whatever they are demanding...," he said
lamenting the attitude of the opposition parties.
On Women's Reservation Bill, he said that government's
commitment to make that law into reality still stands and
would seek the consensus of political parties.
He said it would be "just next to impossible" to get
the Women's Bill passed in the Lok Sabha without arriving at a
"We were accused of what little strong action we have
taken in the Rajya Sabha. It will be just next to impossible"
to go without consensus in Lok Sabha.
New Delhi: Government on Friday dismissed
reports that it had bungled in the Lok Sabha yesterday at the
time of introduction of a bill to regulate pension funds when
BJP came to its rescue.
First Published: Friday, March 25, 2011, 21:19