Agencies, New Delhi
Statehood for Telangana, among myriad issues, rocked the bicameral Parliament when it reconvened for its Winter Session today. A fractious Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon before being called off for the day. Similar scenes of disco d threw the Upper House into disarray, leading to four adjournments.
In the melee in the House of the People, a vain bid was made by nine protagonists of a united Andhra Pradesh to move a no-confidence motion. Akali Dal members demanded fast tracking of the cases relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, sparked off by the assassination of premier Indira Gandhi. Amid the din, Speaker Meira Kumar allowed a discussion on the assault on a student from Arunachal Pradesh in upscale Lajpat Nagar. The Speaker also had other papers of the day tabled, amid chaos, but announced adjournment of the proceedings when her repeated requests to restore order failed. Immediately after the Elders re-assembled at 1200 hrs, TDP and Congress members from Seemandhra, carrying placards entered the Well, shouting slogans for a united Andhra.
BJP members opposed The Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill, 2014. BSP members called for reservation for backward classes.
Create environment that this session becomes historic: PM tells MPs
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today appealed to all sections of Parliament to help create the feeling and an atmosphere to ensure that this session would go down in history as a historic session.
‘’As you have said, this is probably the last session of Parliament, and it is my sincere appeal to all sections of the House to contribute to creating a feeling, an atmosphere whereby this session will go down in history as a historic session,’’ the Prime Minister told reporters at Parliament House on the first day of the two-week extended session. Important pieces of legislation were ready for approval by Parliament, he said and hoped that members would create an environment in which all sections could work togetherto pass these Bills.
Both Houses were adjourned till tomorrow after transacting business for half a day. Both Houses witnessed noisy scenes on various issues including Telangana Bill. The government has expressed commitment to pass the Telangana Bill this session.
Communal Violence Bill deferred in RS
New Delhi: Introduction of the Communal Violence Bill was today deferred in the Rajya Sabha after the Opposition opposed it saying that it impinges on the federal structure of the Constitution. “I have heard all sides (on the Bill). Having seen the mood of the House, I defer it,” Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said. The BJP, the Left and the Samajwadi Party opposed the Bill saying that it impinges on the federal structure of the Constitution and interferes on law and order functions of the state governments.