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Parliament disrupted again

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NEW DELHI: Parliament was disrupted for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the Opposition insisted on an immediate discussion on the Nandigram issue, while the government said it was prepared for a debate but the House should decide the rule and wording of the motion.

The Opposition members were on their feet from the moment both Houses assembled, trooping into the well and shouting slogans against the West Bengal government for “blatant violation of human rights” in Nandigram.

When repeated attempts to pacify the National Democratic Alliance members to allow the Lok Sabha to function yielded no result, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee said it seemed no one was interested in running the House. He said any motion seeking suspension of work to discuss an issue that was brought before him needed to be properly worded.

Referring to his meeting with Opposition leaders, Mr. Chatterjee said he had asked them to arrive at consensus on how to raise the Nandigram issue. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi appealed to the Opposition to allow the House to function and said the government had no objection to the matter being raised within the framework laid down. “Let us sit together and decide on the manner in which to bring the motion.”

In the Rajya Sabha, an appeal by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachauri, similar to the one made by Mr. Dasmunsi, failed to appease the Opposition, which kept shouting slogans.

“The government is ready for a discussion on any issue. This sort of disruption should not be there. But the rule and wordings of the motion have to be decided by the House,” said Mr. Pachouri.

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