The crucial Winter session Parliament has been going through one interruption after another, day by day with hardly any work being transacted leaving bills pending, adding to the growing pile of unfinished business.
The parliamentary proceedings got paralysed from Tuesday onwards after the Delhi High Court, a day before, dismissed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi’s plea to quash summons issued to them by a trial court on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s complaint in the National Herald case.
As the face-off between the Congress and the central government continued for yet another day on Friday in both houses of Parliament. The Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments.
Congress members staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha, demanding suspension of, or an apology from, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Virendra Singh for his remarks against Congress leaders. However, the Congress, both inside and outside Parliament, tried to clarify that the National Herald case has nothing to do with the protests in both the houses of Parliament.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, “I had said in the house that it did not function for the first two days because of the issue of V.K. Singh and after that for two-three days it could not function because the government did not take any action against chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.”
Responding to Congress’ charges, Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in the Rajya Sabha that if the Congress was worried about its current perception among people and wants to correct it, the party must let the house function from Monday onwards.
“Perception against you could be wrong (that you are not letting the house function because of the National Herald case), but if you want to correct it, let the coming Monday be a good day, a working day,” he said.
These comments however, did not cause tempers to cool down as the Rajya Sabha witnessed multiple adjournments amid protests by the opposition Congress on Friday.
In the Lok Sabha, the Congress staged a walkout demanding suspension of or an apology from Virendra Singh of the BJP.