Cong blames Opposition for continued disruption

New Delhi: No business could be transacted for the third consecutive day of the winter session in Parliament on Thursday with Congress blaming "contradiction within the Opposition" over prioritisation of issues for the continued disruptions.

"There seems to be contradiction within the Opposition over the prioritisation of the issues... on what issue is important for whom. Government of India had walked the extra mile and was willing to debate either of the issues of black money and price rise," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters at the AICC briefing here.

Government sources had yesterday indicated that an agreement has been reached with the BJP over the issue of adjournment motion on black money in Lok Sabha and the matter would be taken up in the House as per the text of the motion agreed by the government.

However, this had irked Left parties which decided to oppose such a move.

In a scathing attack on BJP, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury today accused the main opposition of repeatedly entering into agreements with Congress to help the government "escape" a vote in Parliament on the issue of price rise.

The issues of price rise and Telangana created turmoil in Parliament for the third day today as agitated Opposition members raised slogans, staged a sit-in in the well and walked out, leading to two adjournments of both Houses.

Tewari said there was a need to differentiate between protests and disruptions.

"While everybody has the right to protest, nobody has the monopoly of disruptions. It is not any one's birthright," Tewari said urging the Oppostion parties to rise above political differences to discuss in Parliament when important decisions related to the economy are to be taken and the government plans to introduce some key bills including Lokpal.

"There has to be the application of collective wisdom of Parliament" to these measures, Tewari said.