No disruptions, BJP for more debates in Parliament
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 19:54
New Delhi: In a change of strategy in Parliament during the ongoing Monsoon Session, the opposition BJP has decided not to indulge in frequent disruptions in the proceedings and instead take on the government on vital issues through debates and censure motions.

"It has been our intention from day one of this session not to disrupt the proceedings. If you noticed, we did not disrupt the House yesterday or today. BSP members had forced an adjournment yesterday while our members remained seated (during the Question Hour)," senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters.

Sinha moved the resolution on price rise and initiated the debate on the issue. Earlier, the BJP had its way when the government was virtually forced to agree to debate in both Houses of Parliament on this sensitive issue under a clause which entails voting.

A debate on corruption would also be held under the same clause next week. Voting on the resolution, with the Left, BJP and non-UPA parties on the same side, embarrasses the government more than a walkout or adjournment.

The BJP and its NDA allies had forced a complete washout of the winter session of Parliament as the government was not relenting to their demand for formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum scam.

Though there were murmurs that this had led to a big loss of tax-payers’ money, the atmosphere against corruption at that time was such that the opposition gained from it.

However, the opposition has realised that unleashing its fiery speakers in both Houses of Parliament would get across the message to the people more effectively than adjournments.


First Published: Wednesday, August 03, 2011, 19:54

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