Telangana issue rocks both the Houses and AIADMK leader Vasudevan creates ugly scenes in the RS by tearing House bulletin
NEW DELHI : Parliament remained paralysed for the fourth consecutive day of the resumed winter session on Monday with the Telangana issue rocking both the Houses and AIADMK leader Vasudevan Maitreyan creating ugly scenes in the Rajya Sabha of repeatedly tearing a House bulletin naming disruptors everytime the House re-assembled and throwing torn paper pieces at the Chair’s podium.
The government appeared reconciled to little chance of getting passed six Rahul Gandhi’s pet anti-corruption bills and over two dozen other bill in this last session of the present government before going to polls as it pushed down two anti-graft bill on right of citizens for timebound delivery and prevention of bribery of foreign officials below four other bills in the Lok Sabha at put the whistle blowers protection bill at the bottom of eight bills listed in the Rajya Sabha.
Sources in the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry suspected that the Opposition does not want any good business conducted that helps the ruling Congress in the election. They said the session may end up with just passing the interim general and railway budgets, with a distant possibility of the Telangana Bill getting through if the main opposition Bhartiya Janata Party cooperates.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde exuded confidence that in any case the government will table the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday for Telangana formation.
He too is not sure if the Bill will be passed or remain on the roster for the next government to handle.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the question hour and finally for the day alike earlier days after once again unsuccessfully trying to persuade the members to return to their tables to let her take vote for admission of the no-confidence motion against the government on its adamancy to split Andhra Pradesh to create a new state of Telangana. The no-confidence motions that the Speaker is trying to bring without success due to the ruckus have been brought by Congress member V Aruna Kumar, Telugu Desam Party’s K Narayana Rao and Raja Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress.
The Andhra MPs who are for and against Telangana had crowded into the House well raising slogans to create a pandemonium and even two union ministers opposed to Telangana creation stood up in support of the agitating colleagues.
They were joined in the well by the Samajwadi Party members raising slogans while their leader Mulayam Singh Yadav decried the government developing cold feet on the anti-communal violence bill while the Akali Dal members stood at their desk carrying placards asking Rahul Gandhi to name the 1984 anti-Sikh riot accused. In the Rajya Sabha, Dr Maitreyan raised the issue of a House bulletin naming 10 members of the House for “violation of rules” by demonstrating in the well last week.
A brief adjournment later, it was all ruckus and Maitreyan, supported by some other members, kept rushing to the Chair’s podium and tearing the bulletin again and again.