NEW DELHI: The week-long impasse in Parliament over price rise ended on Monday with the opposition giving up its demand for voting and agreeing to pass a resolution after discussion expressing concern over the issue in both Houses.
As per the consensus reached at an all-party breakfast meeting convened by Leader of the House in Lok Sabha Mr Pranab Mukherjee, the Lower House will discuss the issue on Tuesday. This will be followed by Speaker Ms Meira Kumar reading out a resolution expressing “sense of the House” on the price rise issue.
A similar procedure will be followed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with Chairman Hamid Ansari moving the resolution after discussions.
There were reservations from the opposition on the wording of the resolution which was initiated by the government.
“They were not using the word ‘common man’, so we objected. Now the words ‘adverse impact of inflationary pressure on the common man’ have been included in the resolution,” Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Ms Sushma Swaraj told PTI.
However, the government did not concede the opposition demand of including “price rise” in the resolution, arguing that the issue was a continuing phenomenon which could not be stopped and instead the term “inflationary pressure” should be used.
With the opposition and the government agreeing on the discussions, both the Houses of Parliament were expected to function normally. The two Houses had remained paralysed since the session began last Monday with the Opposition clashing with the treasury benches on the issue.
“This is a recognition of the protests launched by the opposition parties,” CPI leader Mr Gurudas Dasgupta said.
Those who attended the meeting included Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Ms Sushma Swaraj, her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Mr Arun Jaitley, JD-U president and NDA convenor Mr Sharad Yadav, SP chief Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr Ramgopal Yadav, BSP leader Mr S C Mishra, AIADMK leader Mr M Thambidurai, CPI-M’s Mr Sitaram Yechury and Mr Basudev Achariya and CPI’s Mr Gurdas Dasgupta.
From the UPA side, Home Minister Mr P Chidambaram, NCP chief Mr Sharad Pawar, DMK leader Mr T R Balu, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, his deputy Mr Prithviraj Chavan and Mr V Narayansamy attended the meeting.
During the hour-long meeting, the opposition pressed hard for changing the wordings of the resolution.
“Now there is a resolution with consensus. Pranab Mukherjee read out the resolution. Opposition had certain disagreements. Government accepted those demands,” SP chief Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav said after the meeting.