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Government faces embarrassment in Lok Sabha


New Delhi : The government Thursday faced embarrassment in the Lok Sabha when the opposition questioned it for moving a bill in the absence of two ministers concerned and forced the adjournment of the house for about an hour.

The proposed legislation, Rubber (Amendment) Bill 2009, was being moved by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan in the absence of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and his deputy Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Finally, the government had to bow down and agree to defer the moving of the bill.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deputy leader in Lok Sabha Sushama Swaraj raised the issue of the absence of the two ministers soon after Chavan stood up to the move the bill.

“The ministers of the concerned ministry are not present in the house. As the bill falls under the commerce ministry, the concerned ministers should be present in the house. We cannot take it (the bill) up,” Swaraj said.

She said the bill could be moved when the house assembles for the winter session in November and the government later agreed to do so.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal tried to pacify the opposition members saying “all the queries would be answered”, but the opposition did not yield.

It led to commotion and Deputy speaker Karia Munda adjourned the house.