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'Parliament has not functioned and it has made me very sad'

New Delhi: With the Monsoon session of Parliament coming to an end after most of its sittings washed out over the coal issue, a concerned Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today said some "forms of dissent" were leaving her disturbed.

"Parliament has not functioned and it has made me very sad. In our democracy, sometimes there are forms of dissent which disturb us," she said soon after the Monsoon session was adjourned sine die.

At the same time, Kumar hoped that a solution to the logjam between the UPA and the NDA would be found soon and Parliament will function smoothly in the Winter session.

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"...we are all staunch believers in the functioning democracy of our country and I am very hopeful that a solution will be found, situation will normalise and Parliament will function," the Speaker said.

The Monsoon session, the second-worst since the 2009 general elections, functioned only six out of 19 days. It was paralysed for remaining period due to the stand-off between the government and the BJP over the controversial coal block allocation issue with the main opposition party remaining unrelenting on its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Prior to this, the Winter session of 2010 witnessed a complete washout due to the Opposition demand for setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.


Published Date: Sep 07, 2012 16:30 PM | Updated Date: Sep 07, 2012 16:37 PM

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