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Updated: November 29, 2011 12:13 IST

There is no case for a boycott: Manmohan

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal on the opening day of monsoon session of the Parliament in New Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Sharma
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal on the opening day of monsoon session of the Parliament in New Delhi. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

Lok Sabha disrupted as BJP trains guns on Chidambaram

Disruptions and pandemonium marked the first day of the winter session of Parliament on Tuesday, as members raised issues such as inflation, better minimum support price for cotton, and reiterated the demand for a separate Telangana State. Very little official business could be transacted, and the Lok Sabha witnessed the Bharatiya Janata Party protesting against Home Minister P. Chidambaram over his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation controversy.

In the Lok Sabha, members were on their feet waving placards and raising slogans as soon as Speaker Meira Kumar finished with the obituary references and Kuldeep Bishnoi took oath as a new entrant.

Varied issues

While Congress members from the Telangana region brandished placards demanding a separate State, Shiv Sena members walked into the well demanding a hike in the minimum support price for cotton in Maharashtra, and Bahujan Samaj Party members demanded 10 per cent reservation for Muslims. Members from the Left parties also tried to raise the issue of price rise.

When the Speaker called question hour and Mr. Chidambaram stood up to reply, BJP members rose and protested noisily against him.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has been demanding Mr. Chidambaram's resignation alleging that he had been involved in the 2G spectrum scam when he was Finance Minister, and has decided to boycott him in Parliament.

As pandemonium prevailed, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon. When the House re-assembled, it was adjourned for the day after the Finance Minister tabled a suo motu statement on inflation and some other papers.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect for the two sitting members Silvius Condpan and Ram Dayal Munda.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defended Mr Chidambaram saying that there was no justification for NDA's call to boycott the Home Minister in Parliament.

“As far as the boycott is concerned, I sincerely hope that the political parties will desist from any such temptation. There is virtually no case for a boycott of the type that has been talked about in the newspapers,” Dr. Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

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By boycotting Parliment the opposition bench get away from the real concerns of people which government is trying to reslove.In a democracy there should be decency which opposition BJP & left are not at all following.Even BJP ex minister caused serious financial lost to govt ,which they simply forget. Whereever there is efficiency people should appreciate. This is clear case vengence against PC . Once again the Uppercast want to show their superemacy ( Samy, JJ, LKA) by the way of acting against PC which is condemnable. Growing Peace In J & K, Attempting to bring peace in Maoist affected states and bring down insurgency in North east states all due to his PC's sincere effort which BJP is not at all appreciated , due to their lack of vision . People should understand their agenda to divide nation in the name of Communalism.
I hope BJP will act as disciplined oppostion in the nation building exercise which is the need of hour.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011 at 13:38 IST

Boycotting one particular minister when the Supreme Court is seized of the matter is utterly ridiculous. It seems a deliberate ploy by the opposition to disrupt parliament and not allow crucial legislation and reform bills to be discussed. The politics of cheap publicity is making a mockery of parliament as an ultimate forum of democracy. Discussion on issues like price rise, black money, naxalism, corruption etc is the best way out and right now people wants to listen to the govt about their efforts on these issues. BJP seems to be in a mood to repeat last winters session by disrupting. Unfortunately, this time there is no case for disruption of parliament and the opposition is just for the sake of 'opposition'.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011 at 10:07 IST

Without responding to serious allegations of Mr.Chidambaram's involvement in the 2G spectrum scam based on documentary evidence produced by Dr.Subramaniam Swamy, the Prime Minister has tried to defend Mr Chidambaram saying that "there was no justification for NDA's call to boycott the Home Minister in Parliament". According to the evidence presented by Dr.Swamy, the PM was even briefed by Mr.Chidambaram and Mr,Raja on their decisions on 2G spectrum allocation and pricing. 2G spectrum scam has well and truly put the Manmohan Singh government in a jam. The PM cannot get out of it by routine counter-attacks on the opposition and ignoring of the documentary evidence produced by Dr.Swamy. The PM's cup of woe is indeed full!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011 at 07:08 IST

The BJP is looking for an excuse to disrupt Parliament, and precipitate a political crisis.They have launched a smear campaign against Chiidambaram, and their final target is the Prime Minister.Unfortunately they have the support of certain sections of the press, whose support they need to topple the government.I hope they pay dearly for their evil intent on a democratically elected government.

from:  Grenville
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011 at 23:17 IST

We hoped there would be a meaningful discussion on the issues confronting the nation in the Parliament.What we witnessed to-day is virtually'pandemonium'though I dislike to use strong words. Flagging play cards demanding Telangana, or walking into the Well demanding better minimum support price for cotton in Maharashtra are stale and oft-repeated histrionics which impress none in this country.Would it be asking for the moon,if we were to urge for orderly debate and discussion.

from:  Gajanan taman
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011 at 20:11 IST

With key issues and laws to be attended to in this session, it is irresponsible for an opposition party of the stature of BJP to disrupt the functioning of the parliament. Perhaps this is their way to ensure that key laws are not enacted by congress and they can present it as governing incompetence and stake a claim to form a govt in the next elections. Perhaps there is a reason to enact a law fining such irresponsible politicians.

from:  Seshasai
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011 at 19:38 IST
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