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No business in Par for 3rd day as Oppn-Govt deadlock persists


New Delhi: Parliament could not transact any business for the third day in a row as deadlock prevailed between the Opposition and the ruling side over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues, which aggravated today after BJP raised objection to certain comments by Robert Vadra.

While the Opposition stuck to its demand for the resignation of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the government rejected it and countered in the Lok Sabha by raking up a Facebook post of Vadra and seeking action against him for “demeaning” MPs.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day just after papers were tabled at noon, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned at about 2.10 PM after two adjournments earlier.

The Lok Sabha failed to transact any business for the second straight day as confrontation between ruling and opposition sides intensified with BJP hitting back at Congress by forcefully raising the Vadra issue and seeking action against Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law for breach of privilege.

Rajya Sabha saw heated exchanges between the opposition and treasury benches, primarily over the modalities for a discussion on the Lalit Modi controversy, with members of the Congress, Left and other parties insisting “no resignation, no discussion.”

The Upper House could not transact any business as it witnessed two adjournments – one till noon and the other till 2 PM. Similar scenes prevailed when it reassembled, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn it for the day.

All hell broke loose in the Lower House when it met after the first adjournment at noon and BJP member Prahlad Joshi referred to Vadra’s Facebook post.

The Lok Sabha, which was already paralysed since yesterday due to opposition demands for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi controversy and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the Vyapam scam, then plunged into a turmoil.

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