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BJP moves privilege motion against PM
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 27
Utter chaos prevailed inside and outside Parliament today, with the opposition parties raking up every issue they could, from IPL to price rise, to stall business for the day.

While the Upper House was adjourned at 12 noon till tomorrow, the Lower House remained paralysed till 6 pm when the Speaker was to guillotine demands for grants of all ministries, inviting Opposition’s cut motions against the UPA.

If within the Lok Sabha, it was the BJP’s show, with the principal opposition moving a breach of privilege notice against the Prime Minister for speaking on the IPL issue in the House, outside Parliament, leaders of 13 “just-assembled” Third Front partners raised anti-inflation slogans to make a success of their “Bharat Bandh” that wrecked normal life across India.

Interestingly, the unity over cut motions, which the 13 partners were so vocally professing until recently, was gone with the wind today. RJD chief Lalu Yadav joined the Left on protest against price rise (most protesters were seated around the entry gate of Parliament this morning). Evading references to cut motion, he said: “Bharat aaj band hai. Parliament bhi Bharat mein hai.” Together with Mulayam Singh’s SP, the RJD disrupted order in the House, waving anti-inflation posters.

On cut motions, both leaders were coy, leaving the Left alone. CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, however, was happy that Left’s cut motion appeared first in the Lok Sabha’s order paper for the day and would thus be put to vote.

Prices apart, the IPL issue rocked the Lok Sabha all day, with Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj entering the House in a ballistic mood this morning. When the Speaker finished obituary references to departed parliamentarians - Prabha Rao and Varkala Radhakrishnan - Swaraj was on her feet accusing the PM of breach of privilege of the House.

“We have been seeking a joint parliamentary committee probe into the IPL. Two top Cabinet ministers are involved in the row. Aeroplanes are being diverted on minister’s behests. We were told by leader of House Pranab Mukherjee that the PM would come to the House on the issue. But we were surprised to see today that the PM had spoken on the matter outside the House and ruled out constitution of a JPC. This is bypassing the Parliament. This is not acceptable,” Swaraj said, inviting sharp reaction from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal, who said allegations against UPA ministers were baseless.





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