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Old 24-Nov-2011
BJP, Left disrupt parliament proceedings

New Delhi: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday tabled a notice for debate on the issue of black money and has threatened disruption of proceedings in parliament if their notice is not accepted.

The winter session of parliament which started on Tuesday has failed to transact any listed business as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left Front joined hands to corner an uncompromising government forcing day-long adjournment for the second successive day.

The BJP wants to discuss the issue of black money stashed away in foreign banks, estimated to be worth billions of dollars, and the efforts being made by the government to bring it back to the country.

The opposition also wants to discuss price rise and corruption. While the government is not opposed to the idea of debate on any of these issues, it is unwilling to debate under rules that entail voting, fearing some of its allies, in a bid to placate the masses, could turn hostile.

"Our demands are not illegal. Rules allow adjournment motions in the houses to pave way for discussion by voting. If the government doesn't want the discussion, it should be held responsible for the disruptions [of parliament]," BJP's S.S. Ahluwalia said yesterday.

The Left-sponsored adjournment motion notice on price rise could not be taken up as the government was not ready for voting, leading to uproarious scenes and adjournment of the two houses of parliament.

Old 24-Nov-2011
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