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Govt pushes most financial biz in Parliament

While Lok Sabha passed the supplementary demands of Rs 1,024.61 crore for railways, Rajya Sabha passed the Supplementary Demands (General) for Rs 45,000 crore.

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With the deadlock over the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) issue continuing for the 15th working day, government on Thursday pushed through almost the entire financial business for the winter session of Parliament.

The Lok Sabha passed the supplementary demands of Rs 1,024.61 crore for railways amid din witnessed for the past two weeks of the winter session. Similar scenes were seen in the Rajya Sabha, which returned the Supplementary Demands (General) for Rs 45,000 crore and the relevant appropriation bills for 2010-11.

The supplementary demands for railways were approved in Lok Sabha without debate, as several members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena and JD(U) stormed a well, demanding JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam. The Lower House also passed demands for excess grants for railways for 2008-09.

With the approval of the supplementary demands for railways, the Lok Sabha has completed financial business for the session, while Rajya Sabha is expected to do so on Friday.

Both Houses were adjourned for the day minutes after the financial business was completed amid Opposition chants of "We want JPC", with some members also waving newspaper copies of reports on alleged irregularities in the spectrum scam.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the Rajya Sabha when the supplementary demands (General) were moved by Minister of State for Finance Namo Narayan Meena. It was passed by voice vote.

In the Lok Sabha, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was present along with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee when Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee sought the passage of the supplementary demands.

After the House was adjourned for the day, Banerjee was seen sharing her happiness with Opposition leaders, including L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Sharad Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav over the passage of the measures.

Earlier, both Houses were adjourned for an hour till noon, giving a go-by to the Question Hour for the 15th straight working day.

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