Cong protests force RS to adjourn

Congress on Wednesday (August 12) forced two adjournments of Rajya Sabha in the pre-lunch session as it took strong exception to some business houses asking Parliament to function and demanded a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues. Congress and parties like JD(U) and CPI(M) attacked the government for “using” media and businessmen to hit out at the opposition for disruptions in Parliament. As government said it was ready for a debate on any issue and accused the opposition of running away from it, the opposition sought a discussion under a rule that entails voting on the lines of Lok Sabha. Opposition and treasury benches exchanged sharp barbs after Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said the charge that BJP government was “a government for money bags has been vindicated” in the attack on Parliament by “capitalists”. “Today that charge is vindicated,” he said adding that Parliament represents 125 crore Indians. The JD(U) leader was referring to an online signature campaign in which over 15,000 people, including the country’s top industrialists, have urged lawmakers to allow Parliament to function, debate and legislate. Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley retorted, telling Yadav ” does the common man want Parliament not to function? … You are guilty of stalling democracy.”
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