Pranab Mukherjee

When Pranab Mukherjee lost his temper in Parliament

New Delhi, Dec 1: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday lost his temper after being interrupted by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat in the Rajya Sabha, while replying to a question.

The Finance Minister was replying to a question on shortage of food items, when Karat asked him about the status of sugar.

Furious Mukherjee shouted at Karat saying that he was not liking her behaviour, following which an uproar prevailed in the house.

Pranab's outburst contrary to democratic practices: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 1 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Tuesday said the incident of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee losing his temper during a debate over price rise in the Rajya Sabha was contrary to democratic practices.

"The government side should be more patient and it (senior ministers losing cool) does not look good. This is not in tune with democratic practices," Sushma Swaraj told reporters in parliament premises.

The Rajya Sabha Tuesday witnessed noisy scenes over rising prices of essential commodities, infuriating the finance minister.

Food Public Distribution System to be strengthened to deal with price rise

New Delhi, Dec 1 : Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said price rice was primarily due to the shortage of vital commodities like pulses, sugar and vegetable oil. The strengthening of the public distribution system would come as a relief to the common man, he claimed.

"Price rise is a matter of concern as it affects the common man the most. This situation is mainly due to shortage of essential commodities like pulses, sugar and edible oil. To ameliorate the effect the inflation, PDS needs to be strengthened," he said.

Uproar in Rajya Sabha over rising prices

New Delhi, Dec 1 : The Rajya Sabha Tuesday witnessed noisy scenes over rising prices of essential commodities, infuriating Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

As the house convened, Congress member Rajiv Shukla asked for details about shooting prices of edible items and the steps taken by the government to check them.

Replying to the question, Mukherjee said the imbalance between the supply and demand of commodities like pulses, edible oil and sugar had led to the rise in prices.

Divestment not more than 10 percent in state firms: Pranab

New Delhi, Dec 1 : Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday said the government was not seeking to divest more than 10 percent in state-run firms for now, but would do so in three firms by the end of March.

"We will not sell more than 10 percent stake in listed state-run firms at this stage," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told parliament.

The minister also said the government would complete divestment in three power utilities -- NTPC, Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and Rural Electrification Corp (REC) -- before the end of this fiscal.

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