New Delhi: A united Opposition Thursday stalled the proceedings in Parliament over price rise forcing the adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for the day.
According to reports, the Opposition members, demanding a thorough discussion over the issue of price rise, said that the protests will continue if their demands are not met.
The trouble in Lok Sabha began soon after the House assembled and Opposition MPs led by Sushma Swaraj and SP chief Mulayam Singh demanded a discussion on the price rise issue under a rule that entails voting.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar urged the Opposition to let the Question Hour proceed, but Swaraj retorted that the only issue that would be discussed in the House was the price rise.
Swaraj said, “The spiralling prices of essential commodities are the foremost issue which concerns the common man today.”
On his turn, SP chief said, “The protests in and outside will continue till discussion over the issue is allowed.”
Slamming the UPA govt, CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said, “We want voting on the issue of price rise since the Centre has failed to take concrete steps to improve the situation as yet.”
Coming down heavily on the ruling coalition, JD-S chief HD Deve Gowda said, ‘All secular parties have united to oppose the spiralling prices of essential commodities.”
Meanwhile, ruckus in Rajya Sabha was seen as soon as the House assembled at 11 am, with M Venkaiah Naidu, SS Ahluwalia and other BJP members on their feet, demanding a discussion on the price rise.
Failing to restore order, Chairman Hamid Ansari first adjourned the House till 12 noon and then for the whole day.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the house during the din.
The MPs belonging to the Samajwadi Party also staged a protest outside the Parliament, while their Left counterparts staged a sit-in inside the Lower House over spiralling price rise.
Earlier, the main Opposition BJP gave a notice to the Speaker of the two Houses to allow a debate over the UPA government’s inability to contain inflation and rising prices of essential commodities affecting the common man.
BJP MPs meet Prez
A delegation of BJP MPs and senior leaders today met President Pratibha Patil and submitted a memorandum and crores of signatures as part of its campaign against "abject failure of the UPA government" to control
"We held a successful Bharat Bandh against price rise some
days back. Out MPs and state unit leaders have submitted
nearly 10 crore signatures to the President. I can say that we
have taken all steps we should take in our role as the main
opposition on this issue," BJP Parliamentary Party chief L K
Advani said after meeting the President.
He insisted that BJP MPs have been actively involved in
highlighting this issue in Parliament.
"If you do not call it (price rise) government`s failure,
then will you call it success? We cannot do more than this on
price rise. Now the government has to do the rest (to control
prices)," Advani said.
The delegation, which was led by BJP President Nitin
Gadkari, consisted of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma
Swaraj, her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and other
senior leaders like Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and
The voluminous signatures were carried in a small truck to
Rashtrapati Bhawan by the party.
BJP, along with other opposition parties, has not allowed
the Parliament to function for the last three days demanding
discussion and voting on the issue of price rise.
Gadkari said the government had failed to keep its 2009
election promise of controlling prices of essential
commodities within 100 days of coming to power.