New Delhi : Parliament remained stuck for the fifth day of the 12-day winter session, with no major business transacted, not even the three no-confidence motions on the Telangana issue that have been hanging fire in the Lok Sabha since Tuesday.
The standoff is likely to continue on Thursday as well, while the ministers keep vowing to get passed key bills like the Lokpal Bill, the Women’s Reservation Bill and the Anti-communal Violence Bill in the remaining seven days of the session.
Members of various parties were in the well in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, noisily protesting various issues, including Telangana, food prices, children’s death in the Muzaffarnagar riot victims’ relief camps, attacks on fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy and the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report on the 2G scam.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar made fervent appeals for order in the House, urging members in the well to go back so as to bring in the three notices of no-confidence motion against the government, but ultimately had to give up in the wake of the disorder and had to adjourned the House for the day after allowing special mentions under Rule 377 to be tabled.
While the Lok Sabha was first to be adjourned, the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, P J Kurien, tried to conduct proceedings until the post-lunch session before calling off the business until Thursday.
The ruckus began right from 11 am in the Rajya Sabha, forcing Chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn the question hour to 12 noon, but the House was back to noisy scenes, with both the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party demanding expansion of the OBC (other backward classes) to include 17 new castes and they were back to belligerent shouting when the House again assembled at 2 pm.