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Parliament at standstill over coalgate

Parliament at standstill over coalgate

TestFunda ,  28-Aug-12
The Comptroller and Auditor-General’s (CAG) report which was released last week continued to be a looming grey cloud for the government this week.

The meeting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the second day in a row without conducting any business or reaching a conclusion. 

The issue of the coal allocation resulted in an unhealthy discussion causing commotion as Opposition members stalled the proceedings pressing their demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Members of both Houses were frequently warned in the pre-lunch session and asked to maintain discipline amidst Opposition members raising slogans against Dr. Singh and the government.

Members of the BJP, the Shiv Sena, the JD(U), the TDP, the BJD and the AIADMK jointly raised slogans seeking Mr. Singh’s resignation. Some Left members were also seen protesting, but they were seeking a statement from Dr. Singh on the coal blocks allocation, not his resignation.

In the Rajya Sabha, the Opposition was not pacified either. The government’s offer of a discussion was not accepted leading to three adjournments in the pre-lunch session. Chairman Hamid Ansari’s appeal to keep calm and salvage the situation went unheeded.

Senior BJP member M. Venkaiah Naidu said “We want the Prime Minister to go and not a mere statement on the issue”

When both Houses met at 2 p.m., chaos continued, causing the presiding officers to adjourn for the day.
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