Parliament may adjourn sine die Thursday

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Parliament is likely to be adjourned sine die Thursday, according to reliable sources.

The sources said the decision to cut the budget session short has virtually been finalised.

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Political leaders from the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and others indicated privately that the session may not complete its full course till May 22.

If this happens then the session will be curtailed by only three days, said government sources.

Parliamentary Affairs minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi had indicated two days ago that if the Opposition continues to disrupt the House, the government may be forced to “prepone the date of sine die,” meaning end of the session.

On the other hand, the Opposition as well as Left members alleged that the government is advancing the date for lack of official business.

Sources in the Opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) said that the BJP, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) had objected to the government’s move to curtail the session.

In an all-party meeting held in Speaker Somnath Chatterjee’s chamber earlier this week, the leaders blamed the government for not having enough business to run the House for the scheduled duration.

They reportedly termed it as an unprecedented failure since the government, for the first time, did not have enough business to run the house full course.