Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Parliament washout: Finance Bill not taken up

Parliament washout: Finance Bill not taken up

While the Congress and the Trinamool Congress raised the issue of Rs 12,700 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and AIADMK wanted the government to set up Cauvery management board.

In the Lok Sabha, Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress Party, the AIADMK, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Congress and Trinamool Congress members entered the well of the House to demand discussion on, or protest about, diverse issues.

As the bedlam continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day after the tabling of reports of various standing committees.

The Lok Sabha has failed to transact substantial business on account of frequent disruptions since March 5 when the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament commenced.

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

Though the House resumed functioning after an hour the proceedings were stalled again by the protesting members forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day and will resume on Wednesday. The House was first adjourned until 2 pm, and later for the day.

BJP chief Amit Shah at Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday
BJP chief Amit Shah at Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday

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.

However, Shukla said these provisions can be debated during the discussion on the bill and introduced the bill. Naidu said "people are being impatient and (protests) show Parliament in poor light".

The scenes were no different in Rajya Sabha.

Earlier in the morning, the BJP parliamentary party met and issued a whip to party MPs to be present in Parliament for the next two days while hitting out at the opposition for "not allowing Parliament to function".

The ruling party also indicated that it will press ahead with the Union Budget-related processes even amid protests.

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