Eighth day of disruption in parliament


The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has disrupted the Indian parliament in both houses for an eighth day in succession as they demand the prime ministers resignation over a coal block allocation report.

The report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) which was critical of the government has led the opposition to disrupt both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha since last week.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was able to lodge the text of his statement to parliament on the subject but was shouted out when he tried to deliver his verbal statement last week. The deadlock in parliament means that the Monsoon Session is unlikely to complete any further legislation with some 29 laws due to be passed in this session of parliament.

The proceedings in the parliament have become increasingly noisy and confrontational between government supporters and the opposition. Even the normally placid Sonia Gandhi has encouraged her party men to counter the BJP’s ‘blackmailing’ politics.

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