Opposition stalls Parliament, other oppn parties say House must run

New Delhi,August 10:The opposition Congress today appeared to be cornered as many opposition parties backed out of its protest and backed Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's suggestion for a meeting to find a way out of the logjam in Parliament.

Several opposition parties met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in an attempt to break the logjam even as a relentless Congress stalled proceedings in both Houses of Parliament with only three days remaining of the monsoon session.

Earlier, the Congress party indulged in slogan shouting and entered into heated exchanges with the treasury bench in both the Houses.
Rajya Sabha as well as Lok Sabha were both adjourned repeatedly as an relenting Congress created a ruckus raising various issues including the Lalit Modi controversy as well as the Vyapam recruitment and admission scam.

In Lok Sabha, chaotic scenes were witnessed as senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad led the opposition charge against the government, demanding the resignation of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj over the Lalit Modi row.

The 25 Congress members, whose five-day suspension by Speaker Sumita Mahajan had ended on Friday evening, were back in the House in full strength. During their suspension,several opposition parties were either boycotting the proceedings in solidarity or walking out of the House all these days.

They were suspended for five days for disrupting proceedings leading to the boycott of the House by nine opposition parties,worsening a bitter stand-off and dimming chances of key bills being passed in the monsoon session.

Mahajan adjourned the House for 30 minutes amid the chaos after Mulayam Singh Yadav's suggestion that she convenes a meeting of leaders of various parties to break the logjam.