By Venus Kumar for ZeroHour News
The Parliament reconvened on April 22nd, 2013 for the second part of the Budget Session only to be rocked by fresh furor from the opposition benches on a wide range of issues.
Heckling of Mamta Banerjee on her recent visit to New Delhi, unabated violence and crimes against women across the country, demand for a separate state of Telangana and the Coalgate scam were some of the big ticket items of focus. Both Houses of the parliament were repeatedly disrupted by opposition members heading into the well of the respective Houses.
In the LokSabha, the proceedings began with Speaker Meira Kumar leading the obituaries for Lady Margret Thatcher but chaos quickly took over as Trinamool Congress and Left members began remonstrations. Members of Parliament from the state of Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, raised slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’ to further worsen the situation.
RajyaSabha, also witnessed noisy protests with eight representations made for the suspension of the ‘Question Hour’ to take up discussion on several matters of importance. Chairman Hamid Ansari noted that a notice given by AIADMK member V Maitreyan was accepted for being the first to be submitted and it called for a discussion on role of CBI in coalgate scam.
The opposition parties however seemed divided houses themselves as BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad demanding a discussion on the joint parliamentary report in the 2G telecom scam; amongst claims and counter claims, Chairman Ansari was left with little choice than adjourn the House.
Prime Minister Dr. ManmohanSingh, had earlier made an appeal to the Opposition parties seeking smooth functioning of the parliament.
“It is my sincere wish that House will function. If there are any concerns of the Opposition we are willing to debate all those issues which are worrying the opposition,” Dr. Singh told reporters shortly before the Parliament resumed following its month-long recess.
“I am very confident that this financial business will be transacted to our satisfaction,” added Dr. Singh optimistically.
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