The deadlock over MPs’ salary hike ended Saturday after the
government’s known trouble-shooter Pranab Mukherjee met Lalu Prasad
and Mulayam Singh Yadav, who are unhappy with the three-fold
increase and are demanding a 500 percent raise.
Finance Minister Mukherjee met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader
Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh.
It was not known what agreement the government has reached with the
MPs opposing the 300 percent hike, but there was no protest in the
Lok Sabha Saturday. Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh had Friday led
demonstrations in the house stalling the proceedings and forcing
repeated disruptions over the issue.
The RJD chief told reporters in Parliament House that the matter
regarding the MPs salary hike has been “resolved”. “The house will
now function as per rules,” he said.
The salary hike bill cleared by the cabinet Friday was supposed to
be introduced in the Lok Sabha Saturday but wasn’t included in the
revised list of business.
The bill seeks to raise an MP’s salary from Rs.16,000 to Rs.50,000
and double their perks, but parliamentarians from various parties
were dissatisfied and said it was less than the Rs.80,001 as
recommended by a parliamentary committee.