Food Bill stuck as Parliament adjourned again

The BJP says it will not allow passage of any Bill till Ashwani Kumar and P.K. Bansal resign
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First Published: Tue, May 07 2013. 12 28 PM IST
The opposition party members raised slogans against law minister Ashwani Kumar for his alleged role in diluting the Central Bureau of Investigation’s status report on coal block allocations. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The opposition party members raised slogans against law minister Ashwani Kumar for his alleged role in diluting the Central Bureau of Investigation’s status report on coal block allocations. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
Updated: Tue, May 07 2013. 11 02 PM IST
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha and Rajya sabha were adjourned for the day, following opposition uproar over coal block allocation issue, alleged scam in top railway appointments and demands for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Setting a tough condition before the government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it would not allow passage of any Bill in Parliament till railway minister P.K. Bansal and law minister Ashwani Kumar resign or are removed.
The opposition party made it clear that it will not allow the passage of the food security and land acquisition Bills—the two key measures the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is very keen about.
At the BJP parliamentary party meeting chaired by L.K. Advani, it was decided that party leaders would meet Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar against any move to rush through the legislations amid din.
“There is no question of participating in the proceedings of Parliament till the two ministers—Bansal and Kumar—resign or are removed...We want the national food security Bill and the land acquisition Bill to be passed after proper discussion. We will not allow their hasty passage without discussion amid din,” deputy BJP leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde told reporters.
The Congress party core committee is meeting to decide the future of food security Bill, which is currently before the Lok Sabha. The top leadership of the party was divided over adjourning Parliament sine die on Tuesday.
“The government will try and pass the food security Bill, so the House will function tomorrow (Wednesday) also,” minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla said.
The core committee was attended by Prime Minister, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her political secretary Ahmed Patel, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, finance minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister A.K. Antony and parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath.
Gandhi is insisting that the food Bill has to be passed in the current session itself, according to a person familiar with the development.
In the Lok Sabha, soon after speaker Meira Kumar read out the obituary reference to former member Chandramani Tripathi, the House plunged into turmoil with members of the BJP, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Left parties trooping into the Well.
BJP members raised slogans against the government’s bid to push through the food security Bill in the Lok Sabha without proper discussion.
The opposition party members also raised slogans against law minister Ashwani Kumar for his alleged role in diluting the Central Bureau of Investigation’s status report on coal block allocations.
Meanwhile, SP members demanded implementation of the Sachar committee recommendations for welfare of religious minorities.
Liz Mathew of Mint contributed to this story.
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