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Govt accuses BJP of forcing frequent Par adjournments

New Delhi: With the Monsoon session of Parliament drawing to a close next week, the government today hit out at Opposition BJP, accusing it of forcing frequent adjournments that took the toll of official business.

"We have now come to a conclusion that they are deliberately not allowing Parliament to function," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

He also ruled out extending the Monsoon session and said that it would come to an end as scheduled on September 8.

Echoing similar views, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said it was distressing to see that many important bills could not be passed due to the obstructionist attitude of the Opposition.

Noting that this session of Parliament was scheduled for six weeks, Bansal rued that despite the long period only seven bills could be passed by both the Houses as against the 24 draft legislations listed to be taken up this session.

He said that out of the 21 sittings so far, 13 fell to disruptions without any reason.

Bansal said several key legislations, including the Education Tribunals Bill, could not be passed due to the "obstructionist" attitude of the government.

To questions on reported plans of the government to set up a committee to regulate the media, Khurshid said he was not aware of any such move.

He said that Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni had repeatedly said that she favoured self-regulation by the media and ruled out any change in policy.

"Even if there is some disagreement between the media and the government, it does not mean we will take out a whip and start whipping one and all," Khurshid said.

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