New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Lok Sabha was adjourned till Wednesday amid a standoff between the BJP, which refuses to settle for anything less than the resignations of the prime minister and the law and railways ministers, and the government, which is keen to pass the food security bill.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day when Congress member Bhakta Charan Das resumed his speech on the debate on the food security bill initiated Monday.
As the opposition members continued to protest near the speaker's podium, the chair had to adjourn the house for the day.
Before that, the Congress core group met to discuss the way out of the parliament logjam.
Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned in the morning till noon. When the house resumed its proceedings members of the Bharatiya Janata Party advanced to the speaker's podium demanding the prime minister's resignation. They also demanded the resignations of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister Bansal, allegedly involved in a cash for job scam.
Speaker Meira Kumar tried to pacify the BJP members but they refused to budge and persisted with their slogan-shouting. As the ruckus continued, Congress MP Francisco Sardinha, who was in the chair, adjourned the house till 1 p.m.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath accused the opposition of double standards.
"Outside the house they say they want the food and land bills. Inside, they don't let the house run and debate the bills. Other parties want the bill," he said.
"Both are historic bills. The food bill benefits around 65 percent of the population. The opposition doesn't want that. The Karnataka results tomorrow will decide who is corrupt," he said.
The BJP has said it will not let parliament function till Manmohan Singh resigns over the alleged involvement of his office in the irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum and Bansal and Ashwani Kumar too quit.
While Bansal's nephew was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly taking a bribe for the appointment of a member of the Railway Board, Ashwani Kumar has come under attack in the Supreme Court for vetting the CBI report on coal allocation.
--Indo-Asian news Service