LS may have a brief discussion on price rise
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 22:49
New Delhi: With an immediate resolution of the stalemate over the issue of adjournment motion not in sight, Lok Sabha is likely to have a short-duration discussion on price rise only on Monday.

Even as Government is not accepting the idea of an adjournment motion being brought out by the BJP on black money, highly placed sources said a short-duration discussion on price rise is possible on Monday. Left parties were pressing for an adjournment motion on price rise.

There is a view in the Government that while CPI is not too keen on the issue of adjournment motion, CPI-M, which is for the time being sticking to it, will also not be so rigid on the issue as Left parties as a whole are not in favour of continued disruptions of Parliament.

A minister speaking on condition of anonymity reminded reporters of Mamata Banerjee's presence in the national capital when asked why CPI-M is insisting on adjournment motion on price rise, thereby suggesting political compulsions of the main opposition party in West Bengal.

The minister also pointed out that some of the Left MPs also gave a notice for discussion on the issue under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.

"Had they been rigid on adjournment, why would they have given notice for discussion under rule 193," he said.

Highly-placed sources in the government said it was not prepared on an adjournment motion on black money as giving out names of people with accounts abroad could impact its efforts in getting fresh names from other countries.

Referring to a notice of adjournment motion moved by BJP, Shiv Sena and Left parties, the sources said though a final decision would be taken by Speaker Meira Kumar tomorrow, government was not ready for it.

" some stage government could be forced to give out names of those having accounts abroad. It could impact availability of fresh names...there are conditionalities involved in making names public," they said, adding that government was willing for a discussion on the issue of black money in any other form.

Meanwhile, efforts were continuing to bring opposition parties on board even as Leader of the House and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was holding consulations within the government.

Clearing the air on coordination among opposition parties in Parliament, BJP today said NDA had reached an understanding with the Left parties on supporting each other unconditionally on issues of price rise and Indian Black money stashed abroad.

Both the Left parties and the BJP will again move an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha tomorrow on issues of price rise and black money. A similar motion, demanding suspension of Question Hour to discuss these two issues, will also be moved by the two in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

This is likely to lead to disruptions and adjournments of the two Houses tomorrow as well. Two days of the winter session have been spent without any transaction of business.


First Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 22:49

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