2G Scam | Parliament stalemate continues

2G Scam | Parliament stalemate continues

New Delhi: The ninth consecutive working day of Parliament was wasted on Wednesday as stalemate continued over the 2G spectrum issue with both the government and Opposition refusing to budge from their positions.

It was the repeat of scenes witnessed since the Winter Session began on 9 November, with members of Opposition parties rushing to the well in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to demand joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into 2G spectrum scam.

Opposition members created uproar as soon as the Houses met for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, even before Speaker Meira Kumar could take her seat, members belonging to BJP, Shiv Sena, BJD, JD(U) and SP were in the well demanding setting up of JPC.

The Question Hour could not be taken up in view of the pandemonium but Harish Choudhary (Cong) started speaking on irrigation projects in his home state of Rajasthan. His was the first question listed for the day.

The JD(U)-BJP combine’s march towards a landslide win in Bihar Assembly elections also found an echo in the Lok Sabha, with some BJP members raising ‘Jai Bihar´ slogans along with the now common ‘We want JPC’.

The Opposition members were countered by those from the treasury benches who waved placards demanding the resignation of Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa over corruption charges.

Some Congress members almost rushed to the well with placards and raised slogans ‘Book Bellary Brothers’, ‘Sack Yeddyurappa’. J M Aaroon Rasheed (Cong) was seen raising slogans against Yeddyruappa in the well, prompting parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to ask him to retreat to the aisle.

The sloganeering and counter-sloganeering continued for a while and the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed when the House re-assembled at noon and had to be adjourned for the day after placing of papers and statements.

Rajya Sabha too witnessed pandemonium as soon as chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat and called for the first listed question of the day.

Opposition BJP and AIADMK members trooped into the well shouting “We Want JPC" and “Bhrastachari Sharam Karo" (Shame on Corrupt).

“Please don’t come into the well," Ansari told the opposition members even as he advised the ruling benches not to display banners. The members, however, were adamant and continued slogan shouting.

Ansari then adjourned the House till 1200 hours.

When the House met again, Opposition again rushed to the well with its demands, forcing the Chair to adjourn the House for the day.