Cremating Public Money, LS Adjourned Amid Ruckus


New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the day within minutes of assembling as the opposition created a ruckus over the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scam. As soon as the house assembled in the morning, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she had received adjournment motions from the opposition on the controversy about BJP leaders’ closeness with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam.

Here is some worrying math after four days of Parliament’s monsoon session, washed out by protests and adjournments. If all 18 working days of this short session are disrupted, an estimated Rs. 35 crore of the taxpayer’s money will be lost.

Each minute of Parliament in session costs approximately Rs. 29,000. The Rajya Sabha works for an average five hours a day, the Lok Sabha for six; a total 11 hours. Since Tuesday when the monsoon session began, the Congress-led Opposition has come good on its threat that it will not allow the Houses to function till three top BJP leaders caught in big scandals resign. That has meant about six per cent work and 94 per cent disruption till this morning, according to a report.

The government has offered discussion, but has rejected the call for the resignation of its leaders – Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, being targeted for helping disgraced cricket mogul Lalit Modi, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, for the Vyapam recruitment scam.