Winter session: No hats off to this hat-trick in Parliament

Parliament adjourned till 11am on Friday as stalemate continues.

FP Staff November 24, 2011 11:22:12 IST
Winter session: No hats off to this hat-trick in Parliament

All hopes of Parliament functioning normally in the ongoing Winter session were nipped in the bud as the House was adjourned again to meet on Friday at 11 am following unruly scenes as soon as it reconvened at 2 pm.

The latest adjournment ensured that Parliament did no business in the first three days of Winter session this year.

Although some bonhomie was reported between the treasury benches and the Opposition over method of discussion on critical issues like price rise and black money, the same spirit failed to continue inside the House.

The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned till Friday.

Discussion on price rise possible

As per latest news reports, the BJP has agreed to the Left demand of discussing price rise at 2 pm under Rule 193 when the Parliament reconvenes. Under this rule, no voting can take place and this might be a saving grace for the UPA government.

Winter session No hats off to this hattrick in Parliament

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. Image courtesy PIB

It may be recalled that the issue of price rise was discussed without voting twice in two earlier sessions of Parliament.

What is discussion under Rule 193

Discussion under Rule 193 does not involve a formal motion before the House. Hence no voting can take place after discussion on matters under this rule. The member who gives notice may make a short statement and such of the members as have previously intimated to the Speaker, may be permitted to take part in the discussion. The member who raises the discussion has no right of reply. At the end of the discussion, the Minister concerned gives a brief reply.
Source: Lok Sabha

12 pm update

The decibel levels continued to be high and the result was expected — Both Houses were adjourned till 2 pm as the BJP and the Left argued over which matter to discuss first — price rise or black money. Both Houses reconvened at 12 pm and are scheduled to meet again at 2 pm.

The Left pitched for price rise to be discussed first as it concerns the common man more than black money, a subject that the BJP is intent on for a Parliamentary debate.

Whether the Parliament will see resumption of normal work at 2 pm will depend on government's crisis manager Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's convincing powers and how much ground the BJP or the Left agrees to yield.

11 am update

In the morning, Parliament was adjourned within minutes of its start as the Opposition raised voices over multiple issues disrupting regular business for the third consecutive day.

The notable thing was that the ruckus was mostly created by smaller regional parties and not by BJP. Regional issues like Telangana, Uttar Pradesh division were brought up.

The Winter session might be entering the third day today, but it hasn't done business for even an hour!

Although the Congress and BJP reached a solution to solve the logjam, the other parties are creating hiccups in executing their plan. Both the treasury bench and the principal opposition party are worried over the public repercussions due to the continuous adjournments.

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