New Delhi: BJP veteran LK Advani is so unhappy over the state of the non-functioning of Parliament since demonetization that he told a group of lawmakers that he felt like resigning.
Almost all of the month-long winter session has been lost to pandemonium in both Houses, primarily over the lack of agreement between govt and opposition benches over the format of a debate on the issue that has completely disrupted normal life for many. Opposition are united in asking for a debate in Lok Sabha under rule 184 whereby anyone can speak, the govt is not agreeing.
So agitated was Advani after witnessing another wasted day that he kept sitting in the Lok Sabha for 15 minutes even after it had been adjourned for the day.
“I feel like resigning… Atal Ji would have been very upset seeing this,” Advani told a group of three MPs who walked up to him after seeing him sitting alone like that. Among them was Idris Ali, a Trinamool MP who had been in the forefront of shouting slogans.
When the house was adjourned, Advani was seen instructing textiles minister Smriti Irani, who in turn nudged home minister Rajnath Singh to speak with Advani.
Advani had a discussion with Rajnath where he expressed a desire that Lok Sabha speaker should immediately call a meeting of all leaders and discuss how to end the logjam.
“Tell her that I want that leaders should be called and the issue be discussed. Especially call one leader from the Congress,” Advani said.