With Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj boycotting Speaker Meira Kumar in protest over not allowing the Opposition to make its case against Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs statement over the missing coal block allocations files,Prime Minister swung into a damage control exercise later in the evening,keeping in mind the crucial legislations that have to be taken up in the remaining days of the current session.
Let the House function. It will send a positive signal to the world outside over the economy. There are crucial financial legislations that also need to be passed, PM was learnt to have appealed to BJP leaders.
BJP leaders were learnt to have told the Prime Minister that disruptions are not being caused by the BJP and pointed to the alleged mismanagement on part of the ruling party leading to the disruptions in Parliament.
BJP leaders were learnt to have given no assurance to the Prime Minister. The BJP sources said there was satisfactory explanation offered to the party leaders about their apprehensions about the missing coal files. The BJP leaders used the opportunity to vent out their frustration with the conduct of the government over the missing coal blocks allocations files as well as other issues hanging fire in the current session.
Singh had rung up BJP parliamentary party chief L K Advani in the evening and requested for a late night meeting with BJP leaders. Both the leaders of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley later drove to Advanis residence before proceeding together for a meeting with the Prime Minister at the latters residence.
Protests from the Opposition benches scuttled Finance Minister P Chidambarams attempt to move for consideration the Pension Bill in Lok Sabha soon after Prime Ministers statement. The BJP and Left parties members were up in arms against not being allowed to raise their objections against the PMs statement.
Later,Swaraj boycotted Kumar by ignoring her requests for a meeting thrice after the House was adjourned.