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Parliament fails to transact business for sixth day

Parliament failed to transact any business for the sixth straight day on Tuesday as BJP continued to create ruckus by pressing its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.



New Delhi: Parliament failed to transact any business for the sixth straight day on Tuesday as BJP continued to create ruckus by pressing its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even as other Opposition parties wanted to take up debate on CAG report and other business.

With BJP being adamant on disrupting Parliament, Congress President Sonia Gandhi went into a combative mode as she told the party MPs to take on the main Opposition "aggressively" and herself led them in the Lok Sabha in doing so.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed scenes of the last five days, with BJP members starting slogan shouting as soon as the Houses met, leading to adjournments.

In the Lok Sabha, BJP members trooped into the Well, chanting slogans against the government and demanding resignation of the Prime Minister over the CAG report on coal block allocation.

However, their colleagues from NDA allies Shiv Sena, JD-U and Akali Dal did not join them in the Well but raised slogans from their seats.

Displaying determination to aggressively take on BJP, Gandhi led from the front by egging on her members to counter opposition`s sloganeering on coal allocation issue.

Earlier in the morning, she had told a meeting of party MPs not to be deflected by the "intemperate Congress bashing" by the opposition and hit back.

Even before the Question Hour began, she was seen engaged in an animated conversation with leaders of key UPA allies -- NCP chief Sharad Pawar and NC head Farooq Abdullah.

Then, she walked up to Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav`s seat and sat with him for a chat. She wished Yadav with a "namaste" and left with a "shukriya" (thank you).

Gandhi`s pro-activeness was visible later when the Lok Sabha met again at noon after the Question Hour was adjourned.

PTI

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