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Published: Sat, December 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Parliament's winter session headed for washout

Parliament's winter session headed for washout

In the Rajya Sabha, the debate on demonetisation took place on the first day of the session but subsequently the opposition continuously created uproar demanding presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the entire discussion.

This further irked the opposition members and the ruckus grew louder, following which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house for the day. The Rajya Sabha had a similar fate even though the excact loss of time was not immediately known.

Both the Houses of Parliament have been adjourned sine die with the passage of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016. The Speaker asked TRS MP Jithender Reddy who had initiated the discussion on December 7 instead of starting the discussion afresh as demanded by Opposition.

The Lok Sabha passed four bills while the Rajya Sabha passed one.

"The government is largely responsible for the functioning of the House".

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar raised the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal issue and said the names of Congress leaders were mentioned in middleman Christian Michel's diary.

"It is the ruling party which is disrupting the House...in both Houses (of Parliament), it is the ruling party which is not allowing the Parliament to function". The presiding officers of both Houses registered their unhappiness over the frequent disruptions.

The winter session of Parliament started on November 16 but has been washed away due to protests over the government's November 8 demonetisation and other issues. "I have nothing to say", he said. The house met again only to witness more din.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar launched a scathing attack on the Opposition, accusing it of scuttling debate from the day the session began on November 16. This despite a climbdown by Opposition from its demand of asking for a vote on demonetisation. "I am confident of receiving cooperation from leaders of all parties", she said. "Now, when the debate had already started under Rule 193 (short duration discussion), it could not have been suspended", the minister said.

Members from Opposition and Treasury benches resorted to high decibel sloganeering soon after the House condoled the death of two former members.

An anguished BJP veteran L K Advani remarked in Lok Sabha on the penultimate day of the Winter Session of Parliament that he felt like resigning today, exasperated over its virtual washout on the note ban issue.

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