Opposition forces adjournment of Parliament

Opposition parties, particularly the BJP, on Tuesday forced adjournment of both the Houses of Parliament on the corruption issue in the context of Anna Hazare's fast vis-a-vis Jan Lokpal Bill.

The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, which were adjourned twice by the presiding officers, were finally adjourned for the day post-lunch when the BJP members trooped into the well, demanding immediate discussion on corruption.

In the Lok Sabha, during zero hour, the BJP-DMK members clashed on who should speak first. While the BJP insisted that the short duration discussion under Rule 193 (where there will be no voting) on corruption should be taken up first, DMK members, led by T.R. Baalu, insisted they be allowed to speak first on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue as the item was there in the agenda. They were supported by a couple of Congress MPs and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi member Thol. Thirumavalavan. As both the groups rushed to the well, creating din, the Chair adjourned the House till 2 p.m. initially and later for the day.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj, went on hammer and tongs at the government and listed out scams viz., the Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Housing Society, Air India and Krishna-Godavari Basin.

“People are angry with the corruption issue and they have come to the streets in lakhs protesting in a non-violent manner. The government cannot wash its hands and say we cannot do anything. Scams after scams have been unearthed in the past one year, which are of huge magnitude as compared to the earlier scandals,” she said.

‘Bill ineffective'

Ms. Swaraj said people were saying that crores of rupees were stashed in Swiss banks and there were no funds to build village roads. The Lokpal Bill was “poor, weak and ineffective.” It had neither teeth nor eyes. It will be totally ineffective if Prime Minister was not brought under its scope.

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP members S.S. Ahluwalia, Purshottam Rupala and Rudra Narayan Pany and also those from the Janata Dal (United), the Bahujan Samaj Party and the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam raised slogans demanding a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Anna Hazare issue. They also wanted suspension of the question hour to take up a debate on corruption.

The efforts of Ministers V. Narayanasamy and Rajiv Shukhla and the Chair to pacify them failed and the House was adjourned for the day.

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