A united opposition stalled the pre-noon proceedings in the Rajya Sabha protesting against the government’s decision to hike the prices of domestic cooking gas (LPG) by Rs4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all subsidies by next March.
Congress, SP, TMC, BSP and Left MPs stormed into the Well of the House shouting slogans seeking withdrawal of the decision, forcing deputy chairman P. J. Kurien to first adjourn the proceedings for 10 minutes and then till noon.
The issue was raised by Derek O’Brien (TMC) who gave a notice under rule 267 that seeks to set aside business of the day to discuss an important issue.
He said the government was not fulfilling its social commitment to provide cooking gas at subsidised rates. Oil prices have come down from $111 per barrel to $48 but the government is raising rates of cooking fuel, he said.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had yesterday told Lok Sabha that the government has doubled the monthly increase in LPG price to Rs4 per cylinder from 1 July with a view to eliminate all subsidies by March 2018.
“Whey they make promises, why not implement it,” O’Brien asked.
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