first_imgHitting out at Congress for allowing the passage of the Hitting out at Congress for allowing the passage of the bills without debate, CPI(M)s Balagopal said the Congress and BJP were acting as A-Team and B-Team. “This is what Congress and BJP are doing. A-Team and B-Team are playing and not allowing the House to discuss the bills,” he said. Backing his party colleague, Sitaram Yechury said it is “not fair” if both Congress and BJP have come to such an “understanding”. “If you are going to do this, even our presence is not required,” Yechury said and led the walkout of all the Left members from the House. Opposition members also joined ranks to oppose the taking up of the Sugar Cess (Amendment Bill) 2015, that seeks to raise the sugar cess ceiling from Rs 25 to Rs 200 per quintal. The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha earlier this month but the governments plea that it will help canegrowers who are in a crisis and it facilitated rehabilitation and modernisation of sugar factories, was not accepted by Opposition members. Members from Congress, AIADMK, DMK, Left and JD(U) opposed taking up the bill even after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tried to convince them. The bill will automatically become a law after 14 days even if not returned by Rajya Sabha to Lok Sabha as the Speaker has declared it a money bill. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the bill will ensure an amount of Rs 3000 crore for the benefit of farmers and not hurt common man as they are already being given subsidy on sugar through the Public Distribution Sysem. However, the Opposition members did not allow the bill to be taken up, with Kurien telling the concerned minister that since there was “no consensus”, he was not taking it up. The issue also led to an exchange of words between Kurien and Yechury, who said the Chair should not be blamed for not discussing the bill. Buoyed by the passage of three bills, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu urged the members to pass the long-pending Real Estate Bill too, which the Congress objected to. Congress Chief Whip in Rajya Sabha Satyavrat Chaturvedi told Naidu, “let us not end the session in sparring. Do not come with any new bill”. Reacting sharply, Naresh Gujaral (SAD) said the Congress was blocking all bills which could promote the economy. Opposition members resented that the government was bringing items which were not listed in the days agenda. “Aankhon Hi Aankhon Me Ishara Ho Gaya,” said Yechury in a tongue-and-cheek remark suggesting an understanding between BJP and Congress. Earlier in the day, as protesting Congress members forced repeated adjournments, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said since Question Hour cannot be taken up in the din, the House should take up the bills for passage on which an agreement was arrived at an all party meeting on Friday. PTI AMR ARCadvertisementlast_img

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