Upset over impasse in Parl, Advani says “feel like resigning”

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo (PTI)

File Photo (PTI)

BJP veteran Lal Krishan Advani is clearly upset with the way things have panned out in the current session of the Parliament. Barely a week after expressing disappointment with his own party over the on-going impasse in Lok Sabha, Advani has once again made his feelings known to the party colleagues.

“Disruptions are so disappointing that I feel like resigning from the Lok Sabha,” he is reported to have said.

Soon after the lower house was adjourned for the day on Thursday, owing to protest by both the Opposition and the ruling party members over the issue of demonetisation, an anguished Advani narrated his feelings to Union minister Smriti Irani.

Irani immediately drew the attention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh standing nearby on the floor of Lok Sabha.

The veteran leader and a member of BJP’s ‘Margadarshak Mandal’ was heard telling Rajnath Singh to convey to the Speaker that she should ensure the House runs on Friday, the last day of Winter session, to have a discussion on note ban.

“If it does not happen and Parliament is adjourned sine die without discussion (on demonetisation), it will be considered a washout,” he told Idris Ali (TMC) and two other BJP MPs, including Nana Patole.

Asking his colleagues to reach out to the principal opposition party, he told that talks should be held with the opposition, especially Congress, on ensuring a smooth debate tomorrow. He also insisted that discussion should be held under whatever rule and no one should see it as a “victory or defeat” for his side.

If Parliament is adjourned sine die without any debate, it will be a defeat of Parliament, he was reportedly heard saying.

Last week on Wednesday, 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.

“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 had said.

The octogenarian leader had also pointed to the media gallery in Lok Sabha, apparently suggesting that his comments will be reported.

(With inputs from the PTI)