Protest of cutting of sittings forces Speaker to advance lunch break

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The Opposition today strongly protested over the manner the Government had cut short the sittings of the Lok Sabha till now, leading to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee adjourn the house till 1400 hours minutes before lunch break.

Raising the issue during Question Hour, Mr Gurudas Dasgupta(CPI) charged the government with running away from Parliament. He said the manner in which the Monsoon session had been scuttled indicated that the government did not want to face any dissent before the Indo-US Nuclear Deal was ratified.

Regretting the government's attitude, he accused the Congress, which is leading the ruling coalition at the Centre, of subjecting Parliament to political expediency.

"Our parlimentary system is the foundation of our democracy which is being abjectly assaulted by the present UPA government," he added.

He said if he was not sure whether the House would be adjourn on October 24 to meet on December 8. But in any case it would not be able to have more than 50 sittings in a year. "This is unfortunate and we protest it," Mr Dasgupta said.

Several other members from the Opposition joined him.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi refuted the allegations, saying it was rather the opposition which forced several adjournments because of which many bills and other official business could not be taken up.

This led to a verbal exchanges between both sides and the Speaker adjourned the House amid a din till 1400 hours.

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