Government to blame for stalled parliament: BJP

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 12:30 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party Wednesday held the government responsible for the non-functioning of both houses of parliament.

"Running the house is the government's responsibility. They should control both the SP (Samajwadi Party) and the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party). Parliament is not functioning because of the ruling party... perhaps the Congress does not want the houses to function," BJP spokesman Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said.

"During the debate on FDI in retail, the Congress climbed on the elephant; now the elephant has climbed over the Congress," he said, taking a jibe at the ruling party and its supporter BSP, whose election symbol is elephant.

The BSP, which opposed foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha and voted against the opposition sponsored resolution against FDI in retail in the Rajya Sabha, thus helping the government win the vote on the issue.

"The BJP was quiet after the government accepted our demand to probe lobbying by Wal-Mart. It was the BSP that disrupted both the houses," he said.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned amid slogan-shouting by members of the BSP who demanded early passage of the bill for quota in promotions for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned halfway through the question hour when the BSP members created ruckus over coal blocks allocation.

"The BSP's behaviour in the Rajya Sabha is known, but they also disrupted the Lok Sabha. All of a sudden, halfway in the question hour they remembered the coal scam? Because their friends had forced adjournment of the other house," Hussain said.

More from Sify: