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India's ruling Congress party urges end to Parliament quagmire

Published on Feb 3, 2014 9:45 PM
 
Indian disabled people hold placards as they assemble at India Gate during a protest in New Delhi, on Feb 3, 2014. India's ruling Congress party on Monday, Feb 3, 2014, urged the opposition to allow major bills to be passed in the last session of a Parliament, which is set to go down as the least productive in history. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's ruling Congress party on Monday urged the opposition to allow major bills to be passed in the last session of a Parliament, which is set to go down as the least productive in history.

The current Parliament, which was elected in 2009, has passed a record low of 165 bills in its five-year-term, with bad-tempered outbursts and protests forcing frequent adjournments.

"The 15th Lok Sabha (Lower House) has faced disruptions like never before," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told a news conference. "We urge the opposition to support the government in smoothly running the last session of parliament so that important bills can be passed."

The final session of Parliament, which begins on Wednesday, is due to wrap up on Feb 21 ahead of a general election due by May.

 
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