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Deal to end stalemate
New Delhi, Jul 29 (AGENCIES/IANS):
Published on 30 Jul. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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The deadlock over price rise in Parliament may end soon as sources tell CNN-IBN the government is ready to move a resolution expressing concern over rising prices. Sources said the UPA government and the Opposition are working out a compromise under which a resolution will be moved in the House which will essentially express concern over rising prices and a commitment from the government to control it.
The resolution is seen as a face saver for the Opposition who have been disrupting Parliament over the issue and for the government who is seen as equally culpable for it. The Opposition has been demanding an adjournment motion and discussion on price rise which entails voting. But the ruling party has refused to allow it.
The deadlock in parliament continued on Thursday with a determined Opposition stalling both Houses and no business being transacted for the third working day of the monsoon session. Opposition parties across the spectrum protested both inside and outside the House.
A day after Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejected the Opposition demand for debating the issue as an adjournment motion that entails voting, BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, among others, took the battle to the Rashtrapati Bhavan seeking President Pratibha Patil’s intervention. Non- NDA opposition parties chose to demonstrate inside the Parliament House complex. Demanding a roll-back in the hike in fuel prices, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India, along with the RJD, the JD-S, the AIADMK and the TDP wanted a discussion under rules which have a specific provision for voting.
The protests were preceded by repeated disruptions in parliament, forcing the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha to be again adjourned for the day. Vociferous protests by the opposition erupted as the two houses assembled at 11 a.m. failing to restore order, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the proceedings till 12 noon.
However, as the pandemonium continued when they reassembled, both houses were adjourned for the day after government papers were tabled. Amidst the bedlam, the two houses also approved the imposition of president’s rule in Jharkhand.
In the Lok Sabha, angry opposition members led by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Mulayam Singh of the S P were on their feet as the house resumed in the morning, demanding a discussion on the price rise issue under an adjournment motion that entails voting.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal objected to the opposition’s demand and stated that the government was ready for a discussion under rule 193, which does not entail voting.
“Please let question hour proceed,” urged Speaker Meira Kumar but Swaraj retorted that the only issue that would be discussed in the house was the price rise.

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