Speaker more "affectionate" towards Pranab: Sharad Yadav

NDA Convenor Sharad Yadav today took a swipe at Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar claiming she was more "affectionate" towards the Treasury Benches but showed little mercy towards the Opposition.

Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 17:45 PM IST

New Delhi: NDA Convenor Sharad Yadav today
took a swipe at Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar claiming she was
more "affectionate" towards the Treasury Benches but showed
little mercy towards the Opposition.

"Ek varsh ho gaya hai, aapka prem Pranab babu ki taraf
toh khub jhalakta hai, lekin hum logon ki taraf aapki daya
kabhi nahi hoti (It has been a year now, your affection is
more towards Pranab (treasury benches) and you have been less
kind to us," Yadav said in the Lok Sabha.

At this point, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is
also the Leader of the House, was seen with folded hands,
smiling.

Yadav`s left-handed compliment to the Speaker came a day
after she rejected Opposition-sponsored Adjournment Motion on
price rise contending that it involved no failure on the part
of the government.

The JD(U) chief said in his inimitable style that her
decision had forced the Opposition to spend a sleepless night
mulling how to confront the Speaker.

"We in the Opposition spent a sleepless night thinking how
to confront the Speaker. The Speaker is the highest authority
and it is difficult to confront the Chair and how should we do
it," he said.

Yadav said that after a lot of confabulations, the
Opposition decided to demand a discussion under Rule 184 that
entails voting.

He contended that people of the country have been pained
by the Speaker`s decision to disallow the Adjournment Motion
moved by the Opposition.

PTI