New Delhi: As the BJP Monday continued to drown proceedings in both houses of parliament demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over coal blocks allication, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m.
Both houses first saw an adjournment till 12 noon. As soon as the respective houses met, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members were again on their feet with their chant “Pradhan mantri isteefa do (prime minister step down)”.
In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar, ignoring the continuing din, quickly got passed several amendments to some bills and then announced adjournment for the day.
In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP and its allies, including the Shiv Sena and Akali Dal, joined in the protests.
The DMK too joined in the protests but for a different reason – they were demanding a halt to training of the Sri Lankan army. The DMK members were holding aloft placards saying stop training the Sri Lankan army.
The AIIMS bill was tabled, but it could not be passed.
The BJP is demanding the resignation of the prime minister over the government auditor’s report alleging irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks when he was heading the coal ministry.
The monsoon session of parliament, that ends Sep 7, has seen over a week of its proceedings lost to BJP protests on the issue.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in a report has quantified that the nation has lost around Rs.1.85 lakh crore ($37 billion) in coal block allocations to private players.