Logjam continue in Parliament for 7th consecutive day

Erika Holt
March 14, 2018

The Lok Sabha could not take up Finance Bill 2018-19, Appropriation Bills and demands for grants with protests forcing a washout of the proceedings for the seventh consecutive day.

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. 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.

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 ₹12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at Congress for the parliament impasse. "Congress doesn't have democracy in their genes".

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He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively.

Naidu said debates on India's biggest bank fraud and other issues have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a Short Duration Discussion without the voting clause.

Opposition protests, over a range of diverse issues, spilled over into the second week of the resumed Budget session of the Lok Sabha.

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.

"If they decide against it, we will have to pass the finance bill amid the uproar", a senior party leader said. "Even the Prime Minister has remained silent", he said and added the government is defaming the opposition by blaming them for adjournments.

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