2:10 pm: Both houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day as the BJP continued to press for the resignation of the Prime Minister.
With the government refusing to relent, both Houses were adjourned for the day.
12:00 pm: The Opposition benches were up in arms and shouting slogans in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha was in the same situation.
Deputy Speaker PJ Kurien is trying to make an announcement and has to shout to be heard on television and its rather unlikely that anyone else was hearing him.
Speaker Meira Kumar wore her headphones in an attempt to drown out the slogans being chanted in Parliament. The Opposition MPs voices showed no signs of fading out though and there were MPs standing in the well of the Lok Sabha chanting slogans.
Finally both houses had to be adjourned till 2 pm.
11:30 am: The Rajya Sabha restarted proceedings but it was more of the same with the Opposition benches refusing to listen to the Speaker and continuing to shout slogans. A set of bemused UPA ministers watched them shout even as Speaker Hamid Ansari attempted to calm things down.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned against till 12 pm. Will half an hour dull the spirits and throats of the Opposition benches? Unlikely.
11:25 am: And it looks like the BJP is not going to relent on its demand for the ouster of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at least not today.
For the five out of the eight years, when public companies lost money and private companies gained, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself was the coal minister, which meant he was as responsible for the loss to the exchequer, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.
“And then you put up a brave face and say we are ready for a debate. What do you require a debate for?” Jaitley said.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Jawadekar also denied that they were disrupting Parliament from functioning and said they were merely opposing the Congress government’s corruption.
“We are fighting for the people against the loot of the country,” Jawadekar told reporters outside Parliament.
11:05 am: The Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned till 11:33 pm.
11:00 am: The BJP’s MPs are up in arms in the Rajya Sabha and demanding the resignation of the UPA government. BJP’s Venkiah Naidu rose to speak but was drowned out by the slogan chanting MPs from the Opposition benches.
Doesn’t look like the MPs are willing to listen to anyone, including their own supporters.
Congress’ Rajiv Shukla said they were ready for a discussion but no one seemed to be willing to listen.
Similar scenes in Lok Sabha with MPs back in the well of the house and demanding the removal of the Prime Minister.
The Lok Sabha was subsequently adjourned by Speaker Meira Kumar till 12 pm after she was unable to get the Opposition MPs to return to their seats and debate over the CAG reports instead of shouting slogans.
10:45 am: MoS V Narayanasamy says that the BJP is refusing to listen to the government on the CAG reports on coal block allocations and said they are being two-faced over the issue.
“Our system was transparent, we are ready to debate on it…. This is the double face of the BJP. They are saying something and doing something else,” he said.
The Opposition should discuss the matter, Narayanasamy said.
BJP leaders after meeting had said that they will not let up in their demand for the UPA government to resign. BJP’s Venkiah Naidu said that the Parliamentary unit of the party had decided that they had only one demand: that the Prime Minister and UPA government should put in its papers.
“The government has become a burden on the nation and the Prime Minister and the government should resign,” he said.
The UPA on the other hand has reportedly decided that it would not bend to all the demands of the Opposition and would at most relent to forming a Parliamentary committee or another body to examine the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) reports which had alleged losses to the exchequer due to selective allocations of coal blocks.
The UPA will also be meeting later in its coordination meeting to decide its future course of action.
“We are saying that the allegations are baseless..If there will be debate it will be clear what the BJP has done was no different. It will also us to show that the coal block allocations were not biased in any way and was for the benefit of the nation,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters outside Parliament.