Price rise, land acquisition issues rock Parliament
New Delhi: Issues like price rise and early passage of the Land Acquisition Bill rocked Parliament on Tuesday leading to adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha till noon.
Immediately after the Lok Sabha paid tributes to two former members who passed away recently, BSP members led by Shafique Rehman Barq, walked into the well shouting slogans and displaying placards. They were demanding early passage of the Land Acquisition Bill to provide relief to farmers.
The Samajwadi Party members too were on their feet, demanding dismissal of the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh while pressing for the Land Acquisition Bill.
Some SP members too walked into the well and shouted slogans against the Mayawati government.
Speaker Meira Kumar asked the members not to display placards as the rules did not permit it. She adjourned the House till 12 noon as the members continued their protest.
In the Rajya Sabha, soon after AIADMK member A. William Rabi Bernard took oath, M. Venkaih Naidu (BJP) stood up and wanted to know the fate of his party’s notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss price rise.
That “notice has not been agreed to,” Chairman Hamid Ansari said even as BJP members raised the issue forcefully.
Mr. Naidu wanted to know what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meant when he stated that there were skeletons in cupboard of opposition parties. He also said the rise in prices of essential commodities has severely impacted common man.
Other opposition parties too rose in their places raising issues like land acquisition.
“We would discuss all the subjects at an appropriate time … We will have a discussion on all issues. But please allow Question Hour to proceed,” he pleaded with them.
But the opposition members were unrelenting and soon some BJP members trooped into the well. As the din continued, he adjourned the House till noon.