Disappointed with the way the winter session was nearing a complete washout, BJP veteran parliamentarian Lal Krishna Advani said that sometimes he felt like resigning as an MP from the Lok Sabha due to the frequent disruptions.
Invoking the name of former premier Atal Behari Vajpayee in the House, the former Deputy PM said had Vajpayee been here he too would have felt the same I feeling.
Advani asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to speak and cajole the Opposition members and restore order in the House so that some business could be conducted.
On December 15, chaos reined supreme in Parliament with the government and the Opposition engaging in noisy clashes and both Houses plunging into frequent adjournments. While the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm.
While this was so, the two sides blamed each other over how the demonetisation debate has to be conducted and the number of days lost. While the government insisted on a debate minus voting, the Opposition did not let the proceedings begin as it wanted the PM to be present in the debate to explain why he had announced demonetisation. Even as the PM agreed to talk on demonetisation—with or without voting—nothing happened.
The winter session, which began on November 16, had a total of 22 sittings. The government tabled 10 important bills for discussion and passage. With a day to go, Parliament had cleared only four bills .
While the Congress sought an adjournment of regular work in both Houses to discuss demonetisation, the BJP said it must first discuss the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.
“This is for the first time in the history of India that it’s the ruling party that is not letting the House function,” alleged Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. The House was adjourned soon after.