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'Productive' Budget session sees several highs and lows

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The most productive session since the last Lok Sabha polls, it also saw Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi losing his job unceremoniously for raising passenger fares.

The government's assurance to bring the Lokpal Bill also remained unfulfilled with the Rajya Sabha referring the much- talked about anti-corruption measure to a Select Committee at the fag end of the session.

Ruling party members from Telangana were suspended for four days in an unprecedented action with the Congress taking the lead.

It followed a rare development of the MPs from the Telangana region repeatedly disrupting proceedings in support of their demand for a separate state as the House discussed Finance Bills.

The Opposition time and again objected to the spectacle of ruling party members obstructing the House.

Incidentally, the session also saw Parliament celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first sitting which saw members expressing concern over growing disruptions.

Unlike several sessions in the recent past including of the 15th Lok Sabha, which saw repeated disruption, stalling of Parliament for days and even a wash-out of an entire session on the 2G spectrum issue, the Budget Session was a relatively peaceful affair.

It saw a record number of 34 sittings spread over 181 hours, the most for the current Lok Sabha.

It also saw passage of 21 Bill, but most of them considered to be minor legislations. (MORE)

First Published: Tue, May 22 2012. 20:05 IST