The stand-off between Opposition and government over the CAG report on coal block allocation resulted in the wastage of the third consecutive day of the Parliament on Thursday as BJP was unrelenting on its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha saw the repeat of scenes witnessed during the past three days, with Opposition members shouting slogans and storming the Well to press their demand, which the ruling side rejected.
No business in Parliament
No business could be transacted in either House as there were repeated adjournments, before the final one at 2 PM for the day.
Members of BJP, which has said it will not stop its protests till the Prime Minister resigns, spearheaded the slogan-shouting in both the Houses.
AIADMK members joined BJP in the demand in both the Houses. In the Lok Sabha, they trooped into the Well.
Interestingly in the Rajya Sabha, JD-U member Sabir Ali, whose party has been favouring a debate on the issue instead of disruptions, also trooped into the Well with BJP members and shouted slogans.
He had on Wednesday told reporters outside the Parliament that the issue should be discussed in the Parliament as public money is involved in the running of the House.
Other members of JD-U — N K Singh and Shivanand Tiwari — remained seated when the BJP members raised slogans like “Yeh jo Congress ke chehre pe laali hai, Koyale ki dalali hai (The glow on the face of Congress is because of brokership in coal block allocation).”
Congress members countered the Opposition’s slogan of ‘Pradhan Mantri Istifa Do (Prime Minister Resign)’ by shouting Pradhan Mantri Zindabad (Hail the Prime Minister).
The Rajya Sabha saw three adjournments till 2 PM, while there were two adjournments in the Lok Sabha. When uproar continued at 2 PM, the Houses were adjourned till Friday.
NDA leaders discusses strategy
Meanwhile, the BJP leaders along with their ally partners met to discuss the strategy on cornering government. As per the sources, AIADMK joined the meet.
Meeting to end deadlock inconclusive
A meeting of leaders of political parties, called by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to break the deadlock in the House over coal block allocation issue, remained inconclusive.
Ansari, who called the meeting in his chamber after the ruckus in Rajya Sabha for the third day over CAG report on coal block allocation, heard views of the political leaders.
Among those who attended the meeting were Ravishankar Prasad (BJP), Derek O’brien (TMC), Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) and D Raja (CPI).
A leader said that the meeting remained inconclusive and Ansari was scheduled to hold another round of consultations with party leaders.
A meeting of leaders of political parties convened by the Speaker Meira Kumar to end the deadlock in Lok Sabha on the CAG report issue was attended, among others, by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Trinamool leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay.
Sources said BJP leaders did not attend the meeting.