New Delhi: Parliament failed to function for
the fifth consecutive day Thursday with the Opposition insisting
on a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation and Congress
and JD(S) hitting back alleging land scam involving BJP-led
government in Karnataka.
Rajya Sabha adjourned almost immediately after it met for
the day with Opposition members creating uproar, while Lok
Sabha was first adjourned till noon, doing away with the
Question Hour, and then for the day amid similar scenes.
Opposition BJP and AIADMK members in the Rajya Sabha
rushed to the well soon after the House assembled.
Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan told the agitated members to
go back to their places so that he could take up an obituary
reference to condole the death of over 65 persons in a
building collapse in east Delhi.
But hell broke loose thereafter with BJP and AIADMK
members rushing into the well shouting "we want JPC."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House
when it witnessed the commotion.
At one point some members from Treasury benches including
Mabel Rebello too started moving towards the well but were
prevented from doing so by Rajeev Shukla (Cong).
As Prime Minister too gestured them not to go to the well,
the Congress members stood in the aisles raising certain
issues that could not be heard in the din.
Minutes into the pandemonium, Khan adjourned the House
Similar scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha where BJP
members rushed into the well and were joined by those from SP,
AIADMK and Shiv Sena. They raised slogans like "We want JPC".
On the other hand, Congress members, were in the aisle
waving placards demanding "end to anarchy" in the BJP-ruled
Karnataka. "Dismiss the BJP Government. Seek Fresh mandate in
Karnataka"; "We stand for moral values, what do you stand
for?" read the placards waved by the Congress members.
Even former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda was seen waving
a placard against the B S Yedyurappa government in Karnataka.
Lok Sabha was then adjourned for the day.
Outside the House, Congress MPs from Karnataka sat on
dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi`s statue demanding action
against the chief minister.
Earlier this week, government auditor CAG had indicted
the then Telecom Minister A Raja for irregularities in
allocation of 2G spectrum causing a presumed loss of Rs 1.76
lakh crore to the exchequer, with the Opposition demanding a
probe by JPC leading to disruptions.
No substantial business has been carried out in both the
Houses of Parliament since the winter session began on