New Delhi: Mounting more pressure on the UPA government, the main Opposition BJP on Tuesday moved an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha and demanded suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha for a full-fledged discussion on corruption.
The main opposition party moved the motion under Rule 193 in Lok Sabha after Parliament met at 11:am for today’s business.
As soon as the two Houses met, BJP members pressed for suspension of the Question Hour to discuss the serious situation caused by lakhs of people in the country coming out on the streets to protest against corruption.
Amid noisy scenes, both the Houses were adjourned for the day.
In the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said she has given notice for suspension of Question Hour, claiming that the government cannot wash its hands off the protests which were culmination of "corruption resorted to by the government".
"Scams after scams are being revealed ... the Adarsh society followed by 2G, CWG, Air India and now the KG Basin. People are facing the brunt of price rise and ministers are looting crores (of rupees). People are saying crores are stashed away in foreign banks and there are no funds to build village roads and gutters in the urban areas," she said.
"At such a time, the Lokpal being envisaged in the Bill brought out by the government has neither teeth nor eyes. It is totally ineffective," Swaraj said.
A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of all constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) yesterday.
The story was no different in the Rajya Sabha, where a united opposition led by BJP created uproar demanding suspension of Question Hour to discuss corruption and the Lokpal Bill, leading to adjournment of the House till noon.
Hardly had Chairman Hamid Ansari taken his seat, BJP Deputy Leader S S Ahluwalia demanded the discussion.
He was joined by his party colleagues and members from other opposition parties including Left, AIADMK, JD-U and BSP.
The pleas of Ansari in the Rajya Sabha and Speaker Meira Kumar in the Lok Sabha cut no ice and both the Houses were adjourned till noon and then till 2pm and later for the rest of the day.
Earlier, the BJP parliamentary board also met this morning to chart out the final floor strategy, which was followed by a meeting of NDA leaders.
On Monday, NDA leaders met at senior BJP leader LK Advani`s residence to chalk out a strategy, where leaders of opposition Sushma Swaraj (in Lok Sabha) and Arun Jaitley (in Rajya Sabha) along with JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav were present.
During the meeting, the NDA leaders decided not to disrupt Parliament today and press for a discussion on the new corruption issues. The CAG reports on K G Basin deal, Air India as well as the other corruption issues will also be discussed.
In yesterday’s meeting, the opposition also decided not to join hands with the nine political parties, led by the Left, which will hold protest demonstrations inside and outside Parliament today on a host of issues - including corruption, farmers` rights, price rise and attack on democratic institutions.
The NDA’s decision to have a discussion on corruption under Rule 193 in Lok Sabha is a climb down on its part as there would be no voting on the resolution. Earlier, the NDA had demanded a discussion on corruption under Rule 184, which entails voting. The wording of the resolution was being finalised between the government and the opposition.
More importantly, NDA will not participate in today`s strike call given by the nine political parties. It has decided to mobilise its own cadre to hold foot marches and demonstrations against corruption.
BJP has chalked out an ambitious plan of enrolling 10 Lakh youth through its youth wing BJYM and form a Yuva Vahini (youth brigade) for the purpose.