New Delhi: The Opposition’s demand for an adjournment motion on the issue of price rise on Wednesday fell flat in the Lok Sabha with Speaker Meira Kumar rejecting it saying it did not involve failure of the government in discharging its duties.
The rejection of the demand led to an uproar by opposition parties forcing adjournment of the Lok Sabha for the day but not before members were allowed to argue why they were for or against the motion which entails voting.
In the Rajya Sabha, the members created an uproar over the demand for a discussion on the issue under a rule that entails voting, leading to its abrupt adjournment for the second day without transacting any business.
The adjournment notices were given by several opposition parties including BJP, CPI, CPI(M), JD(U), BJD, TDP, RSP, Forward Bloc and AIADMK. The BSP which supports the government form outside had also given notice for such a motion as also Samajwadi Party.
JD(U) chief and NDA convener Sharad Yadav said the move was not to destabilise the government but to “wake up the government from its deep slumber”.
“I appreciate the concern expressed by the opposition over price rise. The House certainly has a right to discuss it,” Kumar said, adding, however, the issue should be only for discussion.
“Adjournment motion can be attracted only in case of failure of the government to perform constitutional and legal duties. That is not the case here,” she said disallowing the motions.
Besides, she held that in the present case, the decision taken by the government was an exercise of its executive power, the merit of which cannot be considered by the chair, but the House has full authority to discuss it.
In an impassioned plea to the chair to take up the notices for adjournment motion, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj attacked the government, saying it was torturing the ‘aam admi´ on whose name the UPA came to power.
“We want to censure the government because it is torturing the aam admi (common man), on whose name it came to power,” she said.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee earlier strongly opposed admission of the adjournment motions, saying there was no precedence to discuss price rise issue under that motion.
“There has not been any failure of the government as enjoined by the Constitution and law,” he said.
He said the government was willing to have a discussion on the issue but not under an adjournment motion, which can be admitted only “if the financial discipline is not restored” and “if the normal laws of economy are not allowed to be performed.”
The motions were demanded at a time when food inflation has been hovering around 12.47% and general inflation at 10.55%.