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Parliament set to resume stormy Budget session on Monday

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Apr 21, 2013 at 06:59pm IST

Delhi: The Parliament is all set to resume the second part of the Budget session on Monday after a four-week long recess. The Budget session, which began on February 22, will conclude on May 10. The stage seems set for a stormy session, with Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Sunday suggesting punishing MPs who indulge in hooliganism. His proposals for restoration of the dignity of Parliament were, however, rejected by the MPs.

Sending a strong message against 'competitive hooliganism' among MPs, Hamid Ansari said, "I have witnessed, as you have, the propensity in the House to dispense with decorum, disregard the rules of procedure, treat them with contempt, and violate them with impunity."

Ansari called for tough measures including suspending members to curb indiscipline ahead of second half of Budget Session, however political parties have rejected his intervention. He also suggested deferred broadcast of the House proceedings and proposed listing of rowdy parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha bulletin.

Earlier, addressing an all-party meet, the Vice President slammed what he called as 'competitive hooliganism of MPs' and suggested that the Rajya Sabha rules be changed for automatic suspension of disorderly members.

He said adjournments have been taken with disturbing frequency and that if this practice goes unchecked, public esteem for Parliament as the highest forum of our democracy will be adversely affected leading, eventually, even to questions about its very relevance.

While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh supported Hamid Ansari, all other leaders rejected his suggestions. Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, "There is no question of stopping the telecast. People of the nation have all the right to know what's happening in the house."

Echoing his sentiment, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that, "The government can't silence the nation's voices. They suggested they would stop the live telecast of the proceedings. We oppose this. How could they do this? The government should come forward and solve the issue. They can't chain the opposition like this."

Most opposition parties are likely to give notice for suspension of question hour over the Delhi rape case on Monday. The BJP could demand a discussion on the alleged dilution of the coal report. The AIADMK also wants a discussion on the JPC report on the 2G scam.

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