Opposition Protests In Parliament Stall Proceedings For 7th Consecutive Day

Opposition members protest during the ongoing budget session of Parliament at the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Monday | PTI

Opposition members protest during the ongoing budget session of Parliament at the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Monday | PTI

Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out after members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS, etc. trooped into the Well. 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.

Parliament remained deadlocked for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday as the opposition parties, NDA constituent TDP and some others stuck to their various demands even as the ruling BJP and main opposition Congress traded charges, accusing each other for the logjam.

While the Congress and the Trinamool Congress were raising the issue of Punjab National Bank scam, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and the AIADMK wanted the government to constitute the Cauvery management board. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had to adjourn the proceedings for an hour.

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As the House met for the day in the morning, Naidu adjourned it till 2 p.m, after his appeal to the members to not display placards etc., or make noise fell on deaf ears. Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said discussions on the bank fraud have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a short duration discussion for raising a matter of urgent public importance.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed acrimonious scenes as opposition parties insisted on a discussion on the PNB fraud under a rule that entailed voting. Let the House function effectively. Naidu said "people are being impatient and (protests) show Parliament in poor light".

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As soon as the House reassembled in the afternoon, some TDP and Congress members came near the Chair's podium holding placards.

An anguished Kurien said "This is not fair".

After both the houses were adjourned early on the day, Congress hit back at BJP.

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