Winter session: Govt scared of vote-based discussion, says BJP

The BJP took on the government for not agreeing to discuss price rise under a rule where voting is permitted.

FP Staff November 23, 2011 16:33:00 IST
Winter session: Govt scared of vote-based discussion, says BJP

Blaming the government for the logjam in the ongoing Winter session in Parliament, the BJP today said the UPA failed to control price rise as assured in the last session and is now reluctant to put the issue to vote.

The Left parties have put a notice for discussion on price rise in the Rajya Sabha under Rule 167.

Winter session Govt scared of votebased discussion says BJP

A stalled Loka Sabha. PTI

Rules for Notifying Motion
No discussion on a matter of general interest, except provided otherwise in the Constitution or the Rules of the respective Houses, can take place in the Houses except on a motion made with the consent of the Presiding Officer (Lok Sabha Rule 184, Rajya Sabha Rule 167). A motion may be in the form of a declaration of opinion or a recommendation; or it may be in the form so as to record approval or disapproval by the House of an act or policy of Government or to express concern or commend, to urge or request an action or to take note of a document or to consider a policy, statement or situation. (Source: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs)

"It is not correct to blame the opposition for the Parliament logjam. Today Congress MPs from the Telangana region and DMK members stormed the well for their own respective demands," Rajya Sabha Deputy Leader of Opposition and BJP leader SS Ahluwalia told reporters in a press meet in New Delhi.

"The government failed to control price rise despite assurances given to the House in the Monsoon session in the form of a resolution," Ahluwalia said. "Why is the government shying from voting on the issue? Discussions without the provision of voting have not lead to desired results."

He said the BJP has already notified the Rajya Sabha for an adjournment motion to discuss the issue of black money.

Ahluwalia pointed out that the Opposition is united against the government on the main irritants.

"We are supporting the Left in their notice on price rise. Our leader (LK) Advani would notify the Lok Sabha on black money as he just completed his pan-India tour (Jan Chetna Yatra) focusing on the issue. This issue will come up later as the price rise affects the common man more," he said.

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