Price rise: LS, RS adjourned; Govt unrelenting

Even as deadlock in Parliament continued, govt is in no mood to allow voting on as demanded by Oppn.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 23:39 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Even as the deadlock in Parliament continued for the second consecutive day today, the government is in no mood to allow voting on the issue of price rise as demanded by the Opposition.

Parliament sources said that the government will not allow the issue of price rise being taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha under Rule 184 which entails voting.

They said there is hardly any difference between an adjournment motion which is a censure against the government and Rule 184, which is disapproval, both of which entail voting after discussion.

After the adjournment motion on price rise was rejected by the Speaker yesterday, the BJP today pushed for a discussion on the issue under Rule 184. Seeking to mount pressure on the government, opposition
parties created pandemonium in both the Lok Sabha and the
Rajya Sabha as well outside the House where protests were
staged.

BJP, led by senior leader L K Advani, marched to the
Rashtrapati Bhavan to highlight their demands on inflation
while Left, TDP, RJD, BJD and AIADMK staged a dharna in the
Parliament House complex. Samajwadi Party held a separate
protest.

In both the Houses, it was trouble from word go as
Opposition led by BJP, SP and BSP raised slogans against
inflation and demanded discussion under a rule that entails
voting.

In the Lok Sabha, members from NDA and SP stormed the Well
as soon as the House assembled for the day. Speaker Meira
Kumar had yesterday rejected notices for Adjournment Motion,
saying the issue of price rise did not relate to failure of
the government`s constitutional duties.

"Please let question hour proceed," urged Speaker Meira Kumar but Swaraj retorted that the only issue that would be discussed in the House was the price rise.

Government sources said they were willing to talk to the Opposition leaders to break the deadlock in Parliament but so far there has been no communication.

A senior minister in the government said that they were hopeful of the impasse ending as the Left could not be seen to be with the BJP on the same issue for a long time.

Meanwhile, BJP sources indicated that they could allow the House to function tomorrow as private members` bills are taken up but there was no official confirmation. However, on Monday, the main opposition will again raise the demand for a discussion on price rise under Rule 184, the sources said.

A senior BJP MP denied that it was in talks with the government to work out a compromise formula on the issue in order to allow Parliament to function. The party does not plan to raise the issue of "misuse of CBI" on its own but is prepared for a discussion on it.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the
government had never shied away from discussion on any issue
and pointed out that the opposition members have made their
point during the 90-minute discussion yesterday.

As the Opposition insisted on discussion under Rule 184,
Bansal said that since Trinamool Congress leader Sudip
Bandopadhyay had given a notice under Rule 193 (which does not
entail voting) on July 27, it should get precedence.

Though food inflation fell to single digit and stood at
9.6 per cent, it is still considered high for comfort of the
common man.

-Agencies inputs