The second half of the Budget Session was literally washed out due to continuous disruption by the Congress and other Opposition parties over several issues.
"Entire session got washed out. People of this country have not taken it kindly. We have failed to live up to the expectations of the people because of a handful of people," Singh said.
On Thursday, MPs of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) decided to forego their salaries for the 23 days of the ongoing Budget Session when Parliament did not function because of protests by the Congress and other political parties.
The Opposition parties regularly created ruckus in the Parliament demanding a debate on issues pertaining to the Cauvery Management Board, promise of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, bank frauds of hundreds of crores, CBSE paper leak, "dilution" of The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the sealing drive in Delhi.
The Opposition parties also staged a protest a protest near the Gandhi statue outside Parliament on Thursday and held the government responsible for disruption of the Parliament. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi also participated in the protest.
The first half of the session was held from 31 January to 9 February and after a month-long recess the second half of the session began on 9 March. During the session till now, the Lok Sabha has passed 21 bills and the Rajya Sabha 14 bills. They include the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, The Mental Health Care Bill, The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, The Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the crucial four supporting bills for the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax. (ANI)