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Uproar in Parliament over alleged diversion of SC/ST funds for CWG

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 02:54:40 PM, Agencies

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice during the Question Hour after opposition parties led by BSP disrupted proceedings over alleged diversion of SC/ST funds by the Delhi government for Commonwealth Games. BSP also disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha.

Immediately after obituary reference, BSP members were up on their feet to raise the issue of alleged diversion of funds as was revealed in reply to an RTI query.

BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said he has given a notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss the issue.

He was supported by Left parties and members of BJP who too wanted a discussion.

A recent query by a Right to Information activist showed that the Delhi government diverted Rs 744 crore from Special Component Plan for SC/ST to Games projects, thereby flouting Planning Commission guidelines.

'VP's requests turned down'
Chairman Hamid Ansari asked members not to disrupt the Question Hour and take up the issue through a call attention notice.

"This is incorrect," Ansari said before adjourning the House for 10 minutes.

When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed.

"Please give a call attention notice... please don't disrupt proceedings," Ansari said even as members continued to raise the issue.

"The Chair appreciates the concern you want to raise," he said asking opposition members to give notice for a structured debate to which the government can reply. "Please give a call attention notice and it will be admitted."

The unrelenting opposition members wanted the Chairman to fix a time for the debate.

Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said, it was a very important issue and the government should take instructions from the Chair on replying to the concerns. "Please fix discussion on the issue immediately," he demanded.

Ansari, however, said he can fix time only after discussion with the business advisory committee of the House.

"This is Question Hour. I am bound by it. I cannot waive it," he said, even as repeated pleas were made for suspension of Question Hour.

Sitaram Yechuri (CPI-M) said the Left parties want discussion on the issue this week itself.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan said, the opposition parties should give a calling attention notice and the government will reply.

This however did not pacify the agitated members who continued raising the issue, forcing Ansari to adjourn the House till 1200 noon.

'BSP allegations'
BSP disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha over alleged diversion of about Rs 750 crore, earmarked as special component for the development of SC/ST, for Commonwealth Games.

BSP wanted a debate on the matter and had given a notice to Speaker Meira Kumar for the same.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal refuted the charges saying no diversion of funds has taken place and assured the BSP members that he would look into it.

Even as the Speaker gave an assurance that she would decide on the notice today, the BSP members led by Dara Singh Chauhan staged a walkout.

Chauhan alleged that as much as Rs 72,000 crore have been diverted in the name of Commonwealth Games over the last five years and termed it as gross irregularities in the name of games.







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