Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Day 6 Budget session: Lok Sabha business washed out

Day 6 Budget session: Lok Sabha business washed out

Within minutes after it met, members from various parties trooped near the Speaker's podium, raising slogans on different issues, including the banking irregularities.

While the Congress and the Trinamool Congress were raising the issue of scam at Punjab National Bank, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and the AIADMK wanted the government to constitute the Cauvery management board.

With the Opposition parties refusing to return to their seats, the Speaker adjourned the House for almost one hour till 12 noon.

Both the Houses of Parliament have failed to transact any business since the beginning of the second part of the Budget session of Parliament on March 5.

Addressing a news conference here, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Lok Sabha member Mohammad Salim said the opposition parties had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, lodging their protest and seeking her intervention to allow the House function in a normal manner.

As the House met for the day in the morning, Naidu adjourned it till 2 pm, after his appeal to the members to not display placards etc., or make noise fell on deaf ears.

In fact, important issues are now discussed more outside Parliament than on the floor of the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha by both the Congress and the BJP.

Members, he said, were agitating and demanding discussion in the House on the recent financial fraud and had also given notice for an adjournment motion but Government had not initiated any move to discuss the issue. But Naidu said a discussion can be allowed under rule 176, which was not acceptable to the protestors. If this is the way MPs are behaving, I will adjourn the House.

They soon started to rise from their places to protest and some MPs from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh started moving towards the Well, prompting Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 2 PM.

"It is the game-plan of the BJP to pass the Budget and demands for grants without discussion and it is being supported by its allies and some potential allies", CPM leader Mohammed Salim told reporters, when asked about the absence of a TMC representation in the memorandum.

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