Parliament sittings have exposed fissures in UPA: Advani

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New Delhi, Dec 7 (UNI) Claiming success for the NDA in cornering both the Congress and the Communists in the Winter Session of Parliament, Leader of Opposition L K Advani today said the sittings had clearly exposed ''fissures'' in the farcical nature of the ruling coalition at the Centre.

Talking to newspersons after the conclusion of the session, Mr Advani said no other session since May 2004 had so thoroughly exposed the two parties separately or jointly.

The only regret was that the rule 184, under which the issue was discussed, did not permit or entail voting at the end of the debate.

The debate nevertheless exposed the CPI(M)'s hypocrisy as it was satisfied with ''barking at the Congress without biting it'', a technique they had perfected during the last three years, Mr Advani rued.

He said the debate exposed the isolation of the Congress within the UPA and the CPI(M) stood alone among the Left parties. The UPA allies put up an indifferent and half-hearted defence in favour of the deal with their representatives making perfunctory and unconvincing arguments.

MPs belonging to the NDA, Left Parties and the UNPA voted with their feet(staging a walkout), particularly in the Upper House, and two-thirds of the House got emptied showing to the world the ''sense of the House'' on the deal.

Touching upon the new trend to bypass the Standing Committees in getting the Bills passed, Mr Advani said the Government bulldozed the AIIMS bill in both Houses and the President's assent was obtained overnight to tie the Supreme Court's hands. However, the Government's efforts to pass the Darjeeling Hill Council Bill without referring to the Parliament Committee was successfully thwarted by the NDA, he added.

The Government had to suffer a major embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha when it had to withdraw Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, Bill.

The winter Session showed the utter fragility of the UPA that it only survives through a series of compromises at the cost of principle, ideology, conviction and governance, Mr Advani said.


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