Winter session comes to an end, but logjam far from over
TURBULENCE V-P Ansari castigates RS MPs, Naidu says Cong strategy amounts to ‘cheating people’
NEW DELHI: The acrimonious winter session of Parliament ended on Wednesday, leaving the fate of key economic reforms including the all-important GST bill hanging in the balance.
The government managed to get eight bills passed in the Rajya Sabha where disruptions drowned out almost half the working time. The unruly protests even forced chairman Hamid Ansari to tell MPs to introspect and desist f rom “demeaning the stature” of the House.
Even on the last day, the Lok Sabha saw Opposition-led disruptions over the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s alleged plans to collect stones for a Ram temple’s construction in Ayodhya. Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu, however, said after the session, “All country- men want a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. How, when and what is the question.”
The session began on November 26, but bar ring the first two days when a spe- cial discussion took place on Babasaheb Ambedkar and the Constitution, both Houses saw disruptions almost every day over issues ranging from minister VK Singh’s alleged remarks against Dalit children to the government’s “vindictive attitude” and the DDCA controversy.
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