T Turmoil Returns as House Sits in Session
Published: 06th February 2014 07:35 AM |
The extended winter session of Parliament got off to a stormy start on Wednesday with deep divisions within the ruling Congress party over the Telangana issue that stalled the proceedings in both the Houses. Lok Sabha could not transact any business and witnessed uproar over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, leading to adjournment till Thursday, while the Upper House briefly debated legislative competence of Parliament to enact communal violence law.
However, amid vociferous opposition from political parties including BJP, CPM, AIADMK and SP, the controversial Prevention of Communal Violence bill could not be introduced.
Members from Seemandhra stormed the well in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as soon as they assembled on Wednesday morning. Members carrying placards in support of united Andhra Pradesh shouted slogans against the government’s move. Soon, members in support of separate Telangana started shouting slogans raising the political temperature in the Lok Sabha. It was placards galore in the House as members of Shiromani Akali Dal too added to the pandemonium demanding day-to-day trial of pending cases against Congress leaders in 1984 Sikh riot case.
Despite the appeal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, both the Houses were rocked by strong protests. The government is trying to push through 39 bills, including at least six key anti-corruption bills, in the extended session of Parliament.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar requested the members to allow smooth conduct of the House and adjourned the House till noon first and later for the day as members gathered in the well.
Before the adjournment, the Lok Sabha condemned the attacks and harassment of Northeasterners in various parts of the country, in the wake of the killing of a boy from Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi.
Similarly, Rajya Sabha was adjourned thrice in the pre-lunch session over issues like Telangana, VVIP chopper scam and 2G spectrum scam.
Soon after the Chairman wanted to take up the Question Hour, TDP members CM Ramesh and YS Chaudhary and Congress member KVP Ramachandra Rao trooped into well carrying placards and shouting slogans against the division of Andhra Pradesh.
AIADMK members led by Maitreyan were on their feet on the latest allegations by AAP on alleged role of DMK leader Karunanidhi and his daughter Kanimozhi. However, he could not be heard in the noisy atmosphere. BJP members were raising the copter scam and Northeastern student death issue.
Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till noon.
When the House reassembled, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad raised the copter deal. Responding to him, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said the government is making a statement on the issue. However, TDP members continued their sloganeering in the House. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde moved a bill to withdraw the communal violence Bill 2005 and it was withdrawn. However, BJP members took objection when Shinde wanted to introduce the new bill.
Meanwhile, MPs from other parties also ran into the well raising various issues. BSP protested over comments made by Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on reservation. It was later clarified by Union Minister Rajeev Shukla that the government has no plan to make changes in the existing reservation policy.
Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley to speak and MPs continue to sloganeer, Kurien cautioned them of action.