Stormy Start to Parliament's Budget Session; Lok Sabha Adjourned Till Noon

During the question hour, the Congress party launched protests in the Lok Sabha on price rise while there was discussion on the same in the Rajya Sabha.

Published: 07th July 2014 10:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th July 2014 02:16 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha was Monday adjourned till noon following an uproar over the issue of price rise.

As the question hour began, some opposition members of the house protested rising prices and disrupted the proceedings of the house.

Amid the din, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house till noon.

The first  budget session of the 16th Lok Sabha began with the house expressing grief on the death of member Harbhajan Lakha.

RS Discusses Price Rise

The Rajya Sabha Monday took up a discussion on price rise. While the opposition blamed ruling NDA for pushing inflation further since it came to power, the BJP tried to blame the previous government, calling inflation a "legacy of the UPA".

Starting the debate in the upper house, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad slammed the BJP for taking steps which resulted in increasing inflation.

"The whole campaign of BJP was based on price rise. People voted for them, and as soon as they came in power, they took steps which caused further price rise," Azad said while starting the debate.

"They used to accuse us of being insensitive to the problems of the poor, in a month and a quarter of the new government, the common man is suffering badly due to price rise," he added.

The BJP, however, counter-blamed the Congress-led former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the situation.

"It is a truth that people are suffering due to price rise. But who is responsible for it? It is a legacy of the UPA government," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury questioned if the BJP is carrying forward the UPA's legacy. "Is this a relay race that NDA government is carrying forward UPA's legacy?" said Yechury.

Earlier, after attending an all-party meet, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the government had no reservation on any issue and is open to discussion.

"We are willing to discuss each and every issue depending on its national importance and also the admissibility of the same by the respective presiding officer," Naidu said.

The rail budget is scheduled to be presented on July 8 and the general budget on July 10.

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