Govt attacks opp for preventing passage of key legislation

New Delhi, May 7: Amid continuing impasse in Parliament, government on Tuesday attacked BJP for stalling passage of key legislation, including the Food Security bill, and said Karnataka election results will establish who is corrupt.

"Tomorrow the result of Karnataka polls will be out and the people of Karnataka will demonstrate and show who they believe is corrupt. The people of Karnataka will establish this tomorrow," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said a day before election results are declared in Karnataka.

Citing the results of 2012 assembly elections in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh where Congress formed government after defeating the BJP, he said, "Tomorrow it is their turn to be sent out of Karnataka."

Dismissing Nath's suggestion, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi hit back at the Government saying UPA was not interested in "removing corruption" and normalcy will return to the House only after it act against "corrupt ministers".

Joshi also dismissed the suggestion that the Karnataka election results would establish who is corrupt.

Earlier, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and BJP General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy were engaged in a war of words over the Food Security Bill pending for consideration in Lok Sabha since last week.

Talking to reporters soon after Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day, Nath termed as "historic" UPA's Land Acquisition and Food Security bills and said other political parties, except BJP, want to discuss and pass them.

"On one hand, the BJP is saying that they want to have a discussion on the Land Acquisition Bill and Food Security Bill. Both these are historic bills. And on the other hand, they disturb the functioning of the House. It is very unfortunate that this session has been washed away," Nath, who also attended the Congress core group meeting, said.

He, however, refused to answer whether the House will be adjourned sine die before the last day of the Budget Session.

As soon as the Lok Sabha reassembled at noon after one adjournment, the House plunged into turmoil with members of BJP, SP, SAD, BJD and Left parties trooping into the Well.

BJP and Left parties raised slogans seeking resignation of the Railway Minister and the Law Minister for their alleged role in the cash-for-railway jobs issue and dilution of CBI report respectively.

BJP members also raised slogans against the government's bid to push through the National Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha without a proper discussion.

While Akali Dal members raised placards protesting the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, SP members demanded implementation of Sachar Committee recommendations for welfare of religious minorities.

After the House was adjourned, top leaders of BJP, CPI(M) and some other parties were seen huddled in some serious discussion. Even Trinamool Congress leader Sougata Roy was seen talking to BJP leaders.

However, it could not be known what was being discussed.

Earlier, when the House met for the day, uproarious scenes were witnessed soon after Speaker Meira Kumar read out the obituary reference to former member Chandramani Tripathi. She was forced to give a go bye to the Question Hour and adjourn the House till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed when the Lok Sabha re-convened at 1:00 p.m. and Sardinha, who was in the chair, adjourned the House till tomorrow.

In the Rajya Sabha, which reconvened at 2 PM, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien tried to take up a short duration discussion on atrocities on women.

But as Opposition was unrelenting, he adjourned the proceedings till tomorrow.

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