Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014


Parliament opened its last session before a general election on Wednesday only to adjourn after a few hours of rowdy debate over the creation of Telangana, with the pressing issue of corruption pushed into the background. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Wednesday sought to introduce in the Rajya Sabha a bill to prevent communal violence but could not do so due to protests by BJP members, forcing a second adjournment of the house, this time till 2 p.m.Shinde sought to introduce the bill soon after the house resumed at noon following an adjournment soon after it met on the opening day of the resumed winter session.


But Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley (BJP) stood up to oppose the introduction of the bill.Members from some other parties also sought to raise their issues, causing a din.Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien then adjourned the house till 2 p.m on 5th Fe

The session, which will go through to February 21, is seen as a final chance for the ruling Congress Party to convince voters it is taking action on graft and to showcase the resolve of leader Rahul Gandhi.  After 10 years in power, the popularity of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by Congress, has sagged in large part over a series of graft scandals as well as its inability to halt a slide in the economy.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) calls it a lame duck government that is merely making a last-ditch attempt to shore up support. It should leave decisions to the next government, BJP leaders say.

On the eve of parliament’s reopening, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to all parties to help push through legislation. But as the session quickly descended into a shouting match, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram acknowledged that might be a forlorn hope.The world’s largest democracy must hold a parliamentary election by May and the date is expected to be announced round about the close of the session. The bills due to come up for debate in the session cover issues that Gandhi, the fourth generation member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that leads Congress, has championed, including women’s empowerment and graft.


The newly formed Aam Aadmi, or Common Man, Party (AAP), which campaigns against corruption and took power in the capital Delhi in local elections in December, could draw voters away from either one while a number of smaller parties are discussing the formation of a “Third Front”. Let’s hope for the best………

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