Speaker appeals to members to allow Parliament to function

With Parliament remaining disrupted for the 10th consecutive working day on Thursday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar appealed to the members to let the proceedings take place.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 15:42 PM IST

New Delhi: With Parliament remaining disrupted for the 10th consecutive working day on Thursday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar appealed to the members to let the
proceedings take place.

"Let the House function and whatever you have to say, say it on the floor of the House," she told reporters here.

When her attention was drawn to the stand of the Opposition parties which have refused to budge from their demand for a JPC probe into 2G spectrum allocation, she said,
"I appeal to everyone (to let the House function)".

The entire Opposition has been creating an uproar in both Houses over their demand right since the first day of the Winter session.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee twice invited the opposition for discussions in an attempt to break the impasse in Parliament, but could not succeed.

For the past 10 days, as soon as proceedings begin in both the Houses, opposition MPs have been rushing to the Well of the House, holding newspaper reports on the 2G scam and demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into it.

The Opposition has even snubbed a request from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allow business to take place in Parliament even as he said that the Government was not shying away from a debate on any issue.

PTI