Stand-off continues, Parliament fails to function again

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day without transacting any substantive business in the wake of unruly scenes created by all the Opposition parties.

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 14:41 PM IST

New Delhi: With government refusing to yield
on demands for JPC into 2G spectrum scam, Parliament could not
function for the eighth consecutive day Tuesday as the
Opposition created pandemonium over it.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for
the day without transacting any substantive business in the
wake of unruly scenes created by all the Opposition parties
while the Congress was seeking dismissal of Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa over corruption charges.

It was trouble from word go in both the Houses, forcing
adjournment initially till noon and then for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, members from Opposition parties
including those from the BJP, BJD, JD(U), SP trooped into the
well demanding setting up of Joint Parliamentary Committee to
probe reports of irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum.

The Treasury benches demanded resignation of Yeddyurappa
over corruption charges.

Some Congress members almost rushed to the well, chanting
slogans against Yeddyurappa and carrying placards which read
`Book Bellary Brothers` and `Punish Yeddyurappa to Protect
Karnataka from Mining Mafia and Land Grabbers`.

They were asked to retreat to the aisles by Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Trinamool Congress members were seen waving the list of
questions indicating their willingness for continuance of the
normal business.

The sloganeering and counter-sloganeering continued for a
while after which Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till
noon.

When the House assembled again, similar scenes were
witnessed. Amid the din, papers and reports were laid on the
table after which the House was adjourned for the day by
Deputy Speaker Karia Munda.

PTI