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Rajya Sabha nod for Appropriation Bill amidst din

  • Question Hour disrupted in Lok Sabha
  • Bill for extending job guarantee act to J&K also passed

    NEW DELHI: The Nandigram violence cast its shadow on Parliamentary proceedings for the fourth consecutive day on Monday, with both Houses witnessing disruptions and frequent adjournments. As soon as Parliament met, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress members demanded suspension of question hour in both Houses to raise the matter. They also shouted slogans against the West Bengal Government, leading to two quick pre-lunch adjournments. Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day a little after noon.

    Amidst pandemonium in the Rajya Sabha, through which a BJP member attempted to prevent Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram from giving a reply to the heavily-truncated budget discussion, the House approved the Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2007 by a voice-vote. Some Congress members prevented the situation from turning ugly as S.S. Ahluwalia (BJP) walked over to the treasury benches and tried to block Mr. Chidambaram from making a speech in the post-lunch session. Congress member Hanumantha Rao and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi were seen trying to persuade Mr. Ahluwalia to return to his seat when Deputy Chairman K. Rahman Khan adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

    Slogans

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House when it reassembled. Mr. Chidambaram continued to read from a prepared text even as BJP members trooped into the well of the House raising slogans. The Finance Minister was heard saying that the BJP could not prevent others from being heard. Within minutes, the Chair put the relevant Bills to vote and adjourned the House for the day.

    In the Lok Sabha, proceedings of the House were affected with the disruption of Question Hour after an adjournment. Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, disallowed the demand for suspension of question hour after he sought to know whether any member had given a formal notice.

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