LK Advani feels like resigning over Parliament disruptions
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran LK Advani on Thursday said in the Lok Sabha that he felt like resigning over the continuous disruptions of both Houses of the Parliament throughout the entire Winter Session, which has just one day left.
The BJP MP expressed his anguish after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the Lower House of the Parliament due to sharp exchanges of blames between the government and the Opposition on smooth functioning of proceedings.
Advani first vented his feelings to Union minister Smriti Irani, which drew attention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and he paid full attention to what the veteran leader was saying.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, who had earlier attacked the Opposition over the disruptions, had already left the house before Advani expressed his concern. Advani told Rajnath Singh to convey his request to the Speaker that she should make sure the House runs on Friday so that they would be able to hold discussion over demonetisation.
"If we fail to hold a debate on demonetisation and the Parliament is adjourned sine die without any discussion, it will be considered a washout," he told Idris Ali (TMC) and two other BJP MPs, including Nana Patole.
He suggested that the talks between the BJP and the Opposition, especially Congress, should be held even today to ensure smooth functioning of the House on Friday.
Claiming that if the Parliament is adjourned sine die, it will be a defeat of Parliament, Advani suggested that a discussion much be held under any condition and none of the parties should consider it as their win or defeat.
Recalling his close friend and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Advani also uttered in the LS, "If he had been in Parliament today, the disruptions would have disappointed him badly."