New Delhi: Accusing the Opposition of not
allowing government to put forth its views in Parliament on
Anna Hazare`s detention, two senior ministers today said such
an attitude was "not fair" in a parliamentary system.
Talking to reporters separately, Leader of the Lok Sabha
and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said opposition created a
pandemonium in Parliament forcing its adjournment.
"Now a days, unfortunately, we are noticing that some of
the opposition leaders are making their observations on a
particular discussion and thereafter, when the questions are
replied by the government, they are creating pandemonium and
force an adjournment of the House. This is not fair in
parliamentary practice," Mukherjee said.
His views were echoed by Bansal, who said it was an "old
habit" of the Opposition of not allowing government to speak.
"They are making the system irrelevant," he said.
Mukherjee said Bansal tried his best to impress upon the
leaders of the opposition parties to let BJP leader Sushma
Swaraj make her observation in the Question Hour and
thereafter the Home Minister be allowed to make his
"The Home Minister wanted to make the statement, we
wanted to tell this country that it is legitimate right of
every individual, group to have protest but at the same time
there are certain rules, certain laws. If police considers
that particular action may lead to law and order problem,
police can impose certain conditions," he explained.
Mukherjee said while in a free country like India
everybody had a right protest, there was a "method" to be
He said once police had imposed restrictions, it was for
the parties concerned to decide in consultation with police
and administration to take further action.
In reply to a question, Bansal said Congress members were
not disrupting proceedings but were merely displaying copies
of questions to be asked from government as they wanted the
Question Hour to take place.
Congress MP Rashid Alvi accused Leader of Opposition in
Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj of "deciding" every morning whether
or not to allow the House to run that day.
"This is very painful and unfortunate. The House should
run, there should be debate inside the House. But the BJP`s
attitude is unconstitutional. They are not allowing both Lok
Sabha and Rajya Sabha to function", Alvi said.
He also termed BJP member Rudra Narayan Pani`s rushing
to the Well in Rajya Sabha as "condemnable" and said the
opposition was "not willing to apologise for it. This is