Senior Bhartiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani was reportedly visibly upset in the Lok Sabha today over the continuing disruption in the House for the last three weeks. Reports said that Advani expressed his angst against the way proceedings in the Lok Sabha have been conducted during the ongoing Winter session of Parliament to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.
PTI reported that a “visibly agitated” Advani was heard telling Kumar ahead of the lunch break that neither the speaker nor the Parliamentary Affairs Minister is running the House. Advani said this amidst sloganeering by the Congress and the TMC.
“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,” the report quoted Advani as saying while Kumar was seen pacifying the senior BJP Lok Sabha member. Advani even pointed to the media gallery, apparently suggesting that his comments will not go unreported.
After the House was adjourned, Advani asked as official about the duration for which the Lok Sabha was adjourned. However, when the former deputy PM was informed that the House has been adjourned till 2.00 pm, Advani snapped, “Why not sine die?” The senior BJP leader had expressed his displeasure over the functioning of the Parliament in past also.
Though several reports said Advani was upset with the continuing state of affairs in Parliament, if would have been fair if Advani’s reaction to the Opposition’s conduct in Parliament was also reported.
While no one knows what Advani thinks about the Opposition’s conduct in Parliament, the government should start making some serious efforts to bring some normalcy to both Houses of Parliament and the Opposition must relent a bit.
Amidst the din in the Lok Sabha today, the Lower House also managed to discuss RBI’s proposed introduction of an Islamic window in the formal banking system of India as it would facilitate financial inclusion of people, especially Muslims, who remain outside the banking system due to religious reasons. Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire opposed the proposal, saying this banking system was based on Sharia law.
(With agency inputs)