Sixth straight day of washout in Lok Sabha

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

Major Opposition parties have urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to prevent the government from using the guillotine to push through the Appropriation Bill and the Finance Bill.

The AIADMK meanwhile, has demanded a board for the management of the Cauvery river water.

The Speaker hardly called for taking up of listed questions, members from Andhra Pradesh belonging to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress Party entered into the well carrying placards demanding Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh.

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

Last week, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business.

One of the protesting members in the Well was holding a placard which read "Chotta Modi kahan gaya", referring to diamond merchant Nirav Modi, allegedly the key person behind the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank.

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Talking to reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at Congress for the parliament impasse. "The Congress (men) doesn't have democracy in their genes", he said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi however did mention that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not talking about the PNB scam, alleging involvement of his daughter, in what seems like a tit for tat to the Karti development.

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

He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively.

"The government is organising disruption by making BJP allies rake up issues", said Congress floor leaders Mallikarjun K h a r g e a n d Jyotiraditya Scindia. "We request all the parties to let the house function and hold constructive discussions", the Minister said.

Soon after this, the House was adjourned.

Majority were heard shouting "we want justice". But opposition insisted on a discussion on banking fraud under rule 168/169 which require voting.

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