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After 13 days of disruption, monsoon session ends

NEW DELHI, Sep 7 (IANS): Parliament was adjourned sine die Friday, after a month-long monsoon session that witnessed 13 days of disruption in 20-day session.

The session ended after the last day`s proceedings too were disrupted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over coal block allocations.

Other opposition parties joined the protests over various issues, including the alleged involvement of a central minister from the DMK in the coal block allocations that the Comptroller and Auditor General said caused a presumptive loss of Rs.1.86 lakh crore ($37 billion).

Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the Lok Sabha sine die after some papers listed in the day`s business were laid on the table of the house at 12 noon, when the house met again following question hour being washed out earlier in the day because of a short-term adjournment.

The Rajya Sabha saw two adjournments on the last day of the session, before being dismissed sine die.

The first adjournment came soon after the house met at 11 a.m. BJP members were once again on their feet shouting slogans demanding the prime minister`s resignation for the alleged faulty allocation of coal blocks.

Samajwadi Party MPs also created a ruckus against the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide reservations in government job promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and trooped near the chairman`s podium.

The upper house was first adjourned till noon, and then till 12.45 p.m.

When the house met again at 12.45 p.m., Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned it sine die.

Ansari informed the members that only 11 questions were answered orally in the whole session, of 399 listed. The question hour could be held only on one day in the entire session.

“Altogether, 62 hours were lost to disruptions,” Ansari said.

The chairman, as part of routine procedure, thanked the members for the “courtesy extended”. This caused spontaneous laughter.

The monsoon session of parliament started Aug 8.



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