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’

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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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