Veteran BJP leader and the member of its ‘Marg Darshak Mandal’ Lal Krishan Advani has expressed deep distress over the way the Lok Sabha proceedings were being conducted. The lower house has been seeing continued disruptions on demonetisation, and the lack of consensus between the government and Opposition on the terms of discussing the issue.
The noisy protest where Opposition resorted to slogans against the government and demanded PM Modi’s intervention led to the adjournment of Lok Sabha with very little business transacted.
Disappointed with the developments, a visibly agitated Advani was heard expressing his unhappiness to Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.
“Neither the Speaker nor the Parliamentary Affairs Minister is running the House,” he was heard remarking just before the House was adjourned 15 minutes ahead of the lunch recess, amid slogan-shouting by Congress and TMC members.
“I am going to tell the Speaker that she is not running the House … I am going to say it publicly. Both sides are a party to this,” he said as Kumar was seen pacifying the senior parliamentarian.
The octogenarian leader also pointed to the media gallery in Lok Sabha, apparently suggesting that his comments will be reported.
Earlier too, Advani was seen expressing his displeasure over the situation in the House to Ananth Kumar.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha suffered another washout on Wednesday, with the Opposition insisting on their demand for a discussion on demonetisation under Rule 184, which was rejected. The impasse grew with Opposition MPs from Congress, TMC, and Left carrying out noisy protests.
“We want discussion and voting on it,” the Opposition members said while resorting to slogans.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House at that time as questions for the PMO were listed to be taken up during Question Hour. However, he left the House shortly thereafter.
Earlier, rejecting the Opposition demand, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kumar referred to the results of “opinion poll” conducted by the US-based ‘Time’ magazine, where Modi got highest number of votes over the survey for 2016 Person of the Year.
“…voting had already taken place and it has gone in favour of the Prime Minister…” Ananth Kumar said as he replied to the contention raised by the Opposition.
Kumar’s remarks were met with vociferous slogans by the Opposition members who demanded a debate under rule 184 which entails voting after the discussion. As the protest intensified further post the lunch, the house was adjourned for the day.
(With inputs from the PTI)