Govt brokers peace in Parliament, Oppn agrees to debate Finance Bill

The government on Monday achieved a breakthrough in the logjam in Parliament with the Opposition agreeing to allow financial business to be taken up on Tuesday.

The stalemate ended after a meeting of floor leaders of various parties convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

"All financial business will be taken up in Parliament tomorrow," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters after the meeting.

He dismissed suggestions that Parliament would be adjourned sine die after passage of financial business. "There is no talk of adjourning Parliament sine die (before May 10)," he said.

Along with the Finance Bill, some other financial business pending include the Railway Budget and Demand for Grants of ministries.

"It is unfortunate that in the last five days Parliament did not run. I am optimistic and hopeful that the House will function," Nath had said before the Speaker's meeting.

Both Houses of Parliament have faced repeated adjournments over the issue of coal scam and JPC draft report.

BJP is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on the issue of CBI's report to the Supreme Court on coal block scam.

15 JPC members of opposition parties have expressed "no confidence" in Chairman P C Chacko and have sought his removal by the Speaker on the 2G draft report, giving a clean chit to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.

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