Nandigram issue prevents smooth functioning of Parliament

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) A stalemate over the discussion on Nandigram issue led to an abrupt adjournment of proceedings in both Houses of Parliament today with the BJP-led NDA which was bent upon a debate being vociferously opposed by the CPI(M)-led Left parties.

Addressing mediapersons here, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said no immediate solution was in sight as both the camps had taken a rigid stand on the issue.

He said Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had asked the Leader of Opposition L K Advani to prepare a draft and accordingly a draft was presented to him for his consent. But Mr Advani had rejected it for discussion as there was no reference of Nandigram in the draft proposal which had clubbed all Naxal and Maoist-related violence in it.

Earlier, the NDA and the Trinamool Congress had given a notice in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha respectively for scrapping the Question Hour to discuss the Nandigram issue in the Houses today.

However, both the proposals were rejected as a result of which the Houses were not allowed to transact the Question Hour, Mr Dasmunsi said.

He said only a few days back the chief whips of all the political parties had agreed to run the Question Hour in all circumstances but on the very first occasion they had failed in their assurance.

The Speaker, immediately after adjourning the House, had a meeting with leaders of all the political parties at his chamber to convey that he was ready to have a discussion on any subject but they should allow the House to do its business accordingly, Mr Dasmunsi said.

At the meeting Mr Chatterjee also said the matter could be discussed without referring to the West Bengal Governor's name, or his speech on the Nandigram issue as it was not permitted under the rules. The Speaker added that the discussion could not be held under adjournment motion as the adjournment motion could only be brought against the Central Government and not against any State Government and the BJP in principle had agreed to this idea, Mr Dasmunsi added.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha, has been assigned to negotiate the matter with the Left parties to find an amicable solution on the draft proposal for the discussion on Nandigram issue, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.

He said as Mr Mukherjee will be out of the country for two to three days from tomorrow, if no solution could be found out before that time, then it would be difficult to say when the discussion on Nandigram would take place.

Responding to a query, Mr Dasmunsi said so far the Indo-US Nuclear deal is slated for discussion on November 27.

UNI

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