Govt gives in, Parliament to vote on price rise

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 16:43

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: After two days of commotion in both Houses, it appears that the Parliament would function smoothly on Wednesday.

Both the government and the opposition have reached an agreement on holding debates tomorrow.

While price rise would be debated by members of the Lok Sabha, the recent blasts in Mumbai would be the topic of discussion in Rajya Sabha.

The discussion on price rise in Lok Sabha would be held under Rule 184 which entails voting after the debate.

A similar debate on price rise would be held in Rajya Sabha at a later date.

This is a major climbdown for the government as it was earlier adamant on holding debate, but without voting.
Earlier, a torrent of issues ranging from price rise to demand for dismissal of Mayawati government and
immediate execution of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru drowned the second day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament today.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the
day at 14:00 hrs after two earlier adjournments with BJP, BSP,
SP and Shiv Sena members storming the Well on diverse issues.

The Left and the Right raised the issue of price rise with
the BJP led by M Venkaiah Naidu making a strong pitch in the
Rajya Sabha for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the
matter. Inflation in June stood at 9.44 per cent.

Left parties in the Lok Sabha had given a notice for an
adjournment motion on the issue of price rise.

In the melee, Sports Minister Ajay Maken made a statement
on the irregularities in the hosting of Commonwealth Games
last year in which he sought to drag in the erstwhile NDA
regime.

Maken said the then NDA government had bypassed the Delhi
government and made the Centre responsible for all financial
and infrastructural obligations which was against established
norms.

It was trouble from the beginning in both Lok Sabha and
Rajya Sabha as BJP members in the Upper House and those from
the BSP, SP and Shiv Sena in the Lower House raised several
issues simultaneously by storming the well.

Both the Houses were first adjourned for nearly an hour
till noon and then till 2.00 pm because of the ruckus.

With Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh not far away, SP
members in the Lok Sabha utilised the opportunity to train
their guns on Mayawati-led government in the state for
allegedly committing atrocities against farmers.

They wanted dismissal of the UP government.

Members of BSP, whose government in UP is in the dock over
the issue of land acquisition, followed suit by carrying
placards, blaming Congress-led government for the poor
conditions of the peasantry. They demanded immediate passage
of the Land Acquisition Bill.

Shiv Sena MPs stormed the well raising slogans and waving
placards demanding immediate hanging of Mumbai terror attack
culprit Ajmal Kasab and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

With the session being the first after the July 13 bomb
blasts in Mumbai, Sena members raised the issue of security in
the financial capital of the country.

Similar scenes were witnessed when both the Houses
re-convened at 2.00 pm and the presiding officers adjourned the
proceedings till tomorrow.

The first working day of the Lok Sabha was adjourned
yesterday after paying homage to sitting member and former
Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal. The Rajya Sabha was rocked
yesterday over the 2G issue.

(With PTI inputs)




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