New Delhi: The winter session of Parliament
was practically lost in pandemonium over demand for JPC probe
into 2G spectrum issue with the penultimate day on Wednesday also
being paralysed due to unrelenting attitude of both the
government and opposition.
The logjam over the demand for JPC probe stalled both Lok
Sabha and Rajya Sabha for the 21st consecutive working day and
both the Houses had to be adjourned till Monday, the last day
of the ongoing session.
It was a repeat of scenes witnessed over the past four
weeks with opposition members trooping into the well and
creating pandemonium by raising slogans to demand setting up
of Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G spectrum allocation
The Rajya Sabha, however, witnessed a new low in the
pandemonium with a BJP member snatching papers from the table
of the Chairman, evoking sharp reaction from the Treasury
benches and leaving his party embarrassed.
When the House re-assembled at 2:30 pm after two
adjournments in the pre-lunch sitting, members from BJP and
AIADMK continued their slogans after trooping into the well.
P J Kurien, who was in the Chair, tried to persuade the
members to allow him take up Private Members` business but his
request went unheeded.
As he continued with his efforts to run the House, BJP
member Rudra Nararayan Pany snatched agenda papers.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Minister V
Narayanasamy and Congress members Jesudasu Seelam and Rajiv
Shukla strongly objected to the member`s behaviour.
An angry Seelam deplored the action and told the BJP
member, "You should not do it...it is too much."
BJP members tried to salvage the situation with Deputy
Leader of the party in the Upper House S S Ahluwalia taking
the paper back from Pany`s hands and putting it back on
At this point, Kurien adjourned the House till Monday.
The Lok Sabha was also adjourned for the day amid noisy
scenes at 3:30 pm, soon after it re-assembled after two
adjournments to take up Private Members` business.
P C Chako, who was in the Chair, made repeated pleas to
members to allow the House to take up Private Members`
business, saying it was "your time" and "nobody has the right
to encroach upon" it.
His pleas, however, went unheeded and he adjourned the
House till Monday.
After the adjournment, Chako was seen meeting Leader of
the Opposition Sushma Swaraj and other BJP members.
Earlier, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned
till noon, almost immediately after they assembled at 11 am.
In the Lok Sabha, slogan-shouting opposition members were
again in the well at noon. Speaker Meira Kumar directed laying
of papers which was done amid the din.
With unruly scenes continuing, she adjourned the House
till 3:30 pm with an appeal that the Private Members` business
should be allowed to be taken up when the House re-assembles.
"This is the last day of the session for private members`
business to be taken up. So I appeal to all sections to allow
private members business when the House re-assembles at 3:30
pm," Kumar said.
Some members displayed placards, with one of them reading
"Desh me ghotala, videsh me apmaan, Yeh dekho UPA ki shaan
(Scam in the country, disrespect abroad, this is the
achievement of UPA)". This was a reference to the 2G scam and
the patting down of Indian Ambassador to USA Meera Shankar.
In the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan sought
to end the pandemonium by saying "school children are watching
you", implying that the members should behave. The students
were seated in the visitors` galleries.
Ansari then adjourned the House till 1430 hours for
taking up private members` business.
The winter session is now left with only one working day,
which also looks set to go waste in view of the adamant stand
of both the government and opposition over JPC issue.