March 18, 2018

No let up in protests in Lok Sabha, proceedings stalled again

14 March 2018, 10:46 | Opal Carroll

TMC raises PNB scam in Rajya Sabha, House adjourned till 2 pm

The proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned on Tuesday morning for an hour and later for the day as parties continued their protests over various issues including the PNB scam

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan applied guillotine to get the Finance Bill passed and approve outstanding grants of demand for various departments with voice vote.

The scenes were no different in Rajya Sabha.

Even as Parliament remained paralysed for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday since it started second phase of the budget session on March 5, the government dropped first hint of winding up the session early, maybe this week itself, instead of the scheduled closure on April 6.

Kurien then adjourned the House for the day.

Meanwhile opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, today alleged that the Government was "bulldozing' the agenda without any discussion in Parliament which has witnessed the post-recess Budget session getting washed out for the past one week".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party chief Amit Shah and veteran leader LK Advani were present at the meeting.

Countering the Congress charge that the BJP was blocking debate on scams by making its allies create daily pandemonium, Parliament Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar blamed the Congress for the impasse, saying its contempt for democracy as displayed during Emergency is for all to see. "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said". They speak outside on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.

He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively.

"We have included all important issues in list of business".

On March 5, when the house was adjourned after the opposition stormed the well over the NPA and PNB issue, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad responded to it by way of a press conference from the party headquarters. Applying the guillotine process, the Bill was passed without any discussion as the opposition continued to disrupt the proceedings for the eighth day. Stating that the Chair is willing to allow discussion effectively as per rules and traditions, Mr Naidu again appealed to them to put an end to the stalling of proceedings.

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